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distance

noun uk   /ˈdɪs.təns/ us  

distance noun (SPACE)

B1 [C or U] the amount of space between two places: What's the distance between Madrid and Barcelona/from Madrid to Barcelona? He travels quite a distance (= a long way) to work every day. Does she live within walking distance of her parents? at/from a distance B2 from a place that is not near: From a distance he looks a bit like Johnny Depp. in the distance B2 at a point that is far away: On a clear day you can see the temple in the distance.

distance noun (MANNER)

[S or U] behaviour that shows little interest or friendliness: I noticed a certain distance between father and son.
(Definition of distance from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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