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faradverb

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

A2 at, to, or from a ​greatdistance in ​space or ​time: How far is it fromAustralia to New Zealand? Is the ​station far away? She doesn't ​live far from here. He ​feltlonely and far fromhome. One ​day, ​perhaps far in/into the ​future, you'll ​regret what you've done.
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.
as/so far as I'm concerned
B2 used to say what ​yourpersonalopinion is about something: She can come ​whenever she ​likes, as far as I'm ​concerned.
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.
far be it from/for me to
I ​certainly would not: Far be it from me to ​tell you how to ​runyourlife.
far from sth
C1 certainly not something: The ​situation is far from ​clear.
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 ​difficultperiod for all ​concerned.
far from it
C1 certainly not: He's not ​handsome - far from it.
from far and wide
from a ​largenumber of ​places: People came from far and ​wide to ​see the ​house.
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.
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 ​tinopener?

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  • far adverb (AMOUNT)

B2 very much: This ​car is far better than ​ourold 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.
by far
B2 by a ​greatamount: They are by far the ​beststudents in the ​class.

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faradjective

uk   /fɑːr/  us   /fɑːr/
B2 used to refer to 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 ​easilywalk there. [before noun] The ​childrenran to the far side/​corner of the ​room.
far left/right
C2 used to refer to ​politicalgroups whose ​opinions are very ​extreme: supporters of the far ​left

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  • He's a man of the far ​right.
  • I could just ​see Joan on the far ​side of the ​room.
  • It's not too far - it's about five ​miles from here.
  • He ​ran over to the far ​side of the ​field.
  • The ​job is a far ​cry from her ​previous one.
(Definition of far from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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faradverb

 us   /fɑr/
  • far adverb (DISTANCE)

(comparative farther  /ˈfɑr·ðər/ or further  /ˈfɜr·ðər/ , superlative farthest  /ˈfɑr·ðəst/ or furthest  /ˈfɜr·ðəst/ ) at, to, or from a ​greatdistance in ​space or ​time: One ​day, ​perhaps far in the ​future, you’ll ​regret what you’ve done. How far is it from Los Angeles to San Francisco? She doesn’t ​live far from here.
  • far adverb (AMOUNT)

[not gradable] much: Her new ​school is far ​better than the ​old one.

faradjective

 us   /fɑr/ (comparative farther  /ˈfɑr·ðər/ or further  /ˈfɜr·ðər/ , superlative farthest  /ˈfɑr·ðəst/ or furthest  /ˈfɜr·ðəst/ )
  • far adjective (DISTANCE)

distant, or most ​distant from the ​center or from you: the far ​side of the ​park Even the ​closeststores are ​pretty far.
far left (also far right)
The far ​left is the ​politicalposition that is most ​liberal, and the far ​right is the ​politicalposition that is most ​conservative.
(Definition of far from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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