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adverb uk   /fɑːr/ us    /fɑːr/ (farther, farthest or further, furthest)

far adverb (DISTANCE)

A2 at, to, or from a great distance in space or time: How far is it from Australia to New Zealand? Is the station far away? She doesn't live far from here. He felt lonely and far from home. One day, perhaps far in/into the future, you'll regret what you've done.Distant in space and time as/so far as I know B2 used to say what you think is true, although you do not know all the facts: He isn't coming today, as far as I know.Expressing and asking opinionsRemarks and remarkingControlling emotions as/so far as I'm concerned B2 used to say what your personal opinion is about something: She can come whenever she likes, as far as I'm concerned.Expressing and asking opinionsRemarks and remarkingControlling emotions as/so far as I can tell used to say what you have noticed or understood: There's been no change, as far as I can tell.Expressing and asking opinionsRemarks and remarkingControlling emotions far be it from me to I certainly would not: Far be it from me to tell you how to run your life.Refusing and rejecting far from sth C1 certainly not something: The situation is far from clear.Yes, no and not far from being/doing sth C2 used to describe something that is almost the opposite of something else: She insisted that, far from being easy, it would be a difficult period for all concerned. far from it C1 certainly not: He's not handsome - far from it.Yes, no and not from far and wide from a large number of places: People came from far and wide to see the house.General location and orientation go so far as to do sth C2 to be willing to do something that is extreme: It's good, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's great. so far B1 until now: So far we've made £32,000.Until a particular moment so far so good C2 used to say that an activity has gone well until now: I've found a tin of beans. So far so good, but where is the tin opener?Quite good, or not very goodSuitable and acceptable

far adverb (AMOUNT)

B2 very much: This car is far better than our old one. It cost far more (money) than I could afford. He loses his temper far too often. I'd far rather/sooner go to the theatre than watch a DVD.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions by far B2 by a great amount: They are by far the best students in the class.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions


adjective uk   /fɑːr/ us    /fɑːr/
B2 describes something that is not near, or the part of something that is most distant from the centre or from you: The station isn't far - we could easily walk it. [before noun] The children ran to the far side/corner of the room.Distant in space and time far left/right C2 refers to political groups whose opinions are very extreme: supporters of the far leftPolitics
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