Meaning of “far” - Learner’s Dictionary


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

A2 used to talk about how distant something is:

It's the first time I've been so far away from home.
How far is it to the supermarket?
Versailles is not far from Paris.
In the summer the herds move farther north.

A2 a long time:

How far back can you remember?
We need to plan further ahead.
far better/cheaper/more, etc

B2 much better/cheaper/more, etc:

Young people are far more independent these days.
far too difficult/expensive/late, etc

B2 much too difficult/expensive/late, etc:

She was wearing a coat that was far too big for her.
as far as I know informal

B2 used to say what you think is true, although you do not know all the facts:

As far as I know, they haven't reached a decision yet.
as far as sb is concerned

B2 used to say what someone's opinion is:

It's all over as far as I'm concerned.
as far as sth is concerned

B2 used to say what you are talking about:

As far as sport's concerned, I like tennis and football.
by far

B2 used to emphasize that something is the biggest, the best, etc:

This is his best film by far.
far from sth

certainly not something:

The situation is far from clear.
far from doing sth

certainly not doing something:

Far from being pleased, he was embarrassed by the praise.
far from it informal

used to tell someone that something is certainly not true:

He's not handsome - far from it.
as far as possible

as much as is possible:

We try to buy organic food as far as possible.
go so far as to do sth

to take the extreme action of doing something:

He even went so far as to stop her from using the telephone.
go too far

to behave in a way that upsets or annoys other people:

He's said some stupid things in the past, but this time he's gone too far.
how far

used to talk about how true something is:

so far

B1 until now:

So far, we haven't made much progress.
so far so good informal

used to say that something has gone well until now

not go (very) far

If something such as money does not go far, you cannot do very much with it:

£100 doesn't go very far these days.

(Definition of “far adverb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)