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distancenoun

uk   us   /ˈdɪs.təns/
  • 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 ​travelsquite 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 ​clearday you can ​see the ​temple in the distance.

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(Definition of distance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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distancenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈdɪs·təns/
the ​amount of ​space between two ​places or things: [C] The distance from San Francisco to Los Angeles is about 400 ​miles.at/from a distance At/from a distance ​means if you are not too near: From a distance, he ​looks a little like his ​mother.in the distance In the distance ​means at or from a ​pointfar away: We could ​see the ​mountains in the distance.

distanceverb [T]

 us   /ˈdɪs·təns/
If you distance yourself from something, you ​try to ​become less ​involved or ​connected with it: The ​candidate distanced himself from the ​extremists in the ​party.
(Definition of distance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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