(Far has two comparatives, farther and further, and two superlatives, farthest and furthest. Farther and farthest are used mainly in sense 1, and are dealt with here. Further and furthest are dealt with in separate entries.)
1) ADV-GRADED: ADV after v, v-link ADV, usu ADV prep/adv If one place, thing, or person is far away from another, there is a great distance between them.

I know a nice little Italian restaurant not far from here...

They came from as far away as Florida...

Both of my sisters moved even farther away from home...

They lay in the cliff top grass with the sea stretching out far below...

Is it far?

2) ADV-GRADED: how ADV, as/so ADV as, ADV-compar than If you ask how far a place is, you are asking what distance it is from you or from another place. If you ask how far someone went, you are asking what distance they travelled, or what place they reached.

How far is Pawtucket from Providence?...

How far is it to Malcy?...

How far can you throw?...

You can only judge how high something is when you know how far away it is...

She followed the tracks as far as the road.

3) ADJ: ADJ n When there are two things of the same kind in a place, the far one is the one that is a greater distance from you.

He had wandered to the far end of the room...

A narrow steep path leads down into a valley and up the far side.

4) ADJ: ADJ n You can use far to refer to the part of an area or object that is the greatest distance from the centre in a particular direction. For example, the far north of a country is the part of it that is the greatest distance to the north.

I've spent a lot of time walking around Britain from the far north of Scotland down to Cornwall...

I wrote the date at the far left of the blackboard.

5) ADV-GRADED: ADV after v, v-link ADV, usu ADV adv/prep A time or event that is far away in the future or the past is a long time from the present or from a particular point in time.

...hidden conflicts whose roots lie far back in time...

I can't see any farther than the next six months...

The first day of term, which seemed so far away at the start of the summer holidays, is looming.

6) ADV-GRADED: ADV with v, usu how ADV You can use far to talk about the extent or degree to which something happens or is true.

How far did the film tell the truth about Barnes Wallis?...

But it is not clear how far they could help with the work on a power plant.

to what extent
7) ADV-GRADED: ADV with v, oft how ADV You can talk about how far someone or something gets to describe the progress that they make.

Discussions never progressed very far...

Think of how far we have come in a little time...

I don't think Mr Cavanagh would get far with that trick.

8) ADV-GRADED: ADV with v You can talk about how far a person or action goes to describe the degree to which someone's behaviour or actions are extreme.

It's still not clear how far the Russian parliament will go to implement its own plans...

Competition can be healthy, but if it is pushed too far it can result in bullying...

This time he's gone too far.

9) ADV-GRADED: ADV after v You can use far in expressions like `I wouldn't go that far' and `I would go so far' to indicate to what extent you agree with something.

`Does it sound like music?' - `I wouldn't go that far.'...

I would go so far as to say it's positively neurotic.

10) ADV: usu ADV compar, ADV too adj/adv, also ADV adv/prep (emphasis) You can use far to mean `very much' when you are comparing two things and emphasizing the difference between them. For example, you can say that something is far better or far worse than something else to indicate that it is very much better or worse. You can also say that something is, for example, far too big to indicate that it is very much too big.

Women who eat plenty of fresh vegetables are far less likely to suffer anxiety or depression...

The police say the response has been far better than expected...

These trials are simply taking far too long...

It now has debts reported to be far in excess of one thousand million pounds.

11) ADJ: ADJ n You can describe people with extreme left-wing or right-wing political views as the far left or the far right.

The far right is now a greater threat than the extreme left...

Anti-racist campaigners are urging the Government to ban all far-Right groups.

12) ADV-GRADED: as/so ADV as (vagueness) You can use far in expressions like `as far as I know' and `so far as I remember' to indicate that you are not absolutely sure of the statement you are about to make or have just made, and you may be wrong.

It only lasted a couple of years, as far as I know...

So far as I am aware, no proper investigation has ever been carried out into the subject.

13) PHRASE: PHR the adj-superl (emphasis) You use the expression far and away when you are comparing something or someone with others of the same kind, in order to emphasize how great the difference is between them. For example, you can say that something is far and away the best to indicate that it is definitely the best.

Rangers are far and away the best team in Scotland.

14) PHRASE: PHR with compar/superl (emphasis) You use the expression by far when you are comparing something or someone with others of the same kind, in order to emphasize how great the difference is between them. For example, you can say that something is by far the best or the best by far to indicate that it is definitely the best.

By far the most important issue for them is unemployment...

It was better by far to be clear-headed.

15) PHRASE: PHR n/-ing/adj, oft v-link PHR (emphasis) If you say that something is far from a particular thing or far from being the case, you are emphasizing that it is not that particular thing or not at all the case, especially when people expect or assume that it is.

It was obvious that much of what they recorded was far from the truth...

Far from being relaxed, we both felt so uncomfortable we hardly spoke...

It is still far from clear exactly what the Thais intend to do.

16) PHRASE (emphasis) You can use the expression `far from it' to emphasize a negative statement that you have just made.

Being dyslexic does not mean that one is unintelligent. Far from it.

on the contrary
17) PHRASE: PHR to-inf You say far be it from me to disagree, or far be it from me to criticize, when you are disagreeing or criticizing and you want to appear less hostile.

Far be it from me to criticise, but shouldn't their mother take a share of the blame?

18) PHRASE: PHR with cl If you say that something is good as far as it goes or true so far as it goes, you mean that it is good or true only to a limited extent.

His plan for tax relief is fine as far as it goes but will not be sufficient to get the economy moving again.

19) PHRASE If you say that someone will go far, you mean that they will be very successful in their career.

I was very impressed with the talent of Michael Ball. He will go far.

20) PHRASE: v-link PHR Someone or something that is far gone is in such a bad state or condition that not much can be done to help or improve them.

In his last few days the pain seemed to have stopped, but by then he was so far gone that it was no longer any comfort...

Many of the properties are in a desperate state but none is too far gone to save.

21) PHRASE: v-link PHR, oft PHR in n Someone or something that is not far wrong, not far out, or not far off is almost correct or almost accurate.

I hadn't been far wrong in my estimate...

Robertson is not far off her target.

22) PHRASE: PHR with cl You can use the expression `as far as I can see' when you are about to state your opinion of a situation, or have just stated it, to indicate that it is your personal opinion.

That's the problem as far as I can see...

As far as I can see there are only two reasons for such an action.

23) PHRASE: PHR after v If you say that something only goes so far or can only go so far, you mean that its extent, effect, or influence is limited.

Their loyalty only went so far...

The church can only go so far in secular matters.

24) PHRASE: PHR with cl If you tell or ask someone what has happened so far, you are telling or asking them what has happened up until the present point in a situation or story, and often implying that something different might happen later.

It's been quiet so far...

So far, they have met with no success...

Which one have you enjoyed most so far?

25) PHRASE (feelings) You can say so far so good to express satisfaction with the way that a situation or activity is progressing, developing, or happening.
26) PHRASE: PHR with cl Thus far means up until the present point in a situation or story. [FORMAL]

Thus far, the two prime ministers have achieved no concrete results.

27) PHRASE: from PHR, PHR after v If people come from far and wide, they come from a large number of places, some of them far away. If things spread far and wide, they spread over a very large area or distance. [WRITTEN]

Volunteers came from far and wide...

His fame spread far and wide.

28) PHRASE If you say that someone won't go far wrong or can't go far wrong with a particular thing or course of action, you mean that it is likely to be successful or satisfactory.

If you remember these three golden rules you won't go far wrong.

29) as far as I am concernedsee concern
a far cry fromsee cry
in so far assee insofar as
near and farsee near

English dictionary. 2008.

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