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Meaning of “far” - Learner’s Dictionary

far

adverb     /fɑːr/ (farther, farthest, further, furthest)
DISTANCE 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.Distant in space and time
TIME A2 a long time: How far back can you remember? We need to plan further ahead.Distant in space and time
far better/cheaper/more, etc B2 much better/cheaper/more, etc: Young people are far more independent these days.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
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.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
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.Knowledge and awarenessUncertaintyHesitatingAchievable
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.Expressing and asking opinionsRemarks and remarkingControlling emotions
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.Regarding and concerningLinking and relating
by far B2 used to emphasize that something is the biggest, the best, etc: This is his best film by far.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
far from sth certainly not something: The situation is far from clear.Yes, no and not
far from doing sth certainly not doing something: Far from being pleased, he was embarrassed by the praise.Yes, no and not
far from it informal used to tell someone that something is certainly not true: He's not handsome - far from it.Yes, no and not
as far as possible as much as is possible: We try to buy organic food as far as possible.Achievable
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.Acting and actsDealing with things or people
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.Causing feelings of anger and displeasure
how far used to talk about how true something is: How far do politicians represent the views of ordinary people?Question words and expressions
so far B1 until now: So far, we haven't made much progress.Until a particular moment
so far so good informal used to say that something has gone well until nowQuite good, or not very goodSuitable and acceptable
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.Scarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things
(Definition of far adverb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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