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Far, adv. (never adj.) 1) at or to a great distance: “how f. I toil,” Sonn. 28, 8. “so f. from Italy removed,” Tp. II, 1, 110. “f. from the ground,” Gentl. III, 1, 114. II, 7, 78. Meas. I, 4, 33. Err. IV, 2, 27. Mids. II, 2, 60. As I, 3, 111. Shr. IV, 2, 73. R2 I, 3, 199. H6B I, 3, 154. Mcb. III, 1, 24. Hml. IV, 5, 139 etc. “f. away,” Gentl. I, 3, 9; cf. Err. IV, 2, 27. “f. off:” Ven. 301. Ven. 301 Tp. V, 316. John I, 174. Caes. III, 2, 171 etc. “f. remote,” Sonn. 44, 4. “f. and near,” H6A V, 4, 3. Lr. II, 1, 84. “f. and wide,” Rom. II, 4, 90. “from f.:” Err. I, 1, 93. Mids. I, 2, 38. All's III, 4, 10. H6C II, 3, 18 etc. “as f. as God has any ground,” Merch. II, 2, 117. “as f. as who goes farthest,” Caes. I, 3, 119. “as f. as to the sepulchre of Christ,” H4A I, 1, 19. “from Venice as f. as Belmont,” Merch. V, 17. Shr. IV, 2, 75. R2 IV, 13. H4A II, 1, 27. H4B V, 5, 113. Rom. II, 2, 82. “thus f.:” R3 V, 2, 3. H8 II, 1, 55 (cf. Thus).
2) at or to a distance of time, long: “'tis f. off,” Tp. I, 2, 44 (== long ago). “f. before thy time,” H6C I, 1, 237. “it shall be so f. forth friendly maintained till we set his youngest free,” Shr. I, 1, 140.
3) distantly in a figurative sense: “f. from the purpose,” Lucr. 113. “f. from accident,” Sonn. 124, 5. “f. be it we should honour such,” H6B IV, 1, 123. “so f. as my coin would stretch,” H4A I, 2, 61. “not extend so f. as to the lady,” Merch. II, 7, 28. cf. Gentl. II, 4, 71. IV, 2, 101. Wiv. II, 1, 107. Merch. III, 2, 127 etc. f. off == only by hints, indirectly: “or shall we sparingly show you f. off the Dauphin's meaning?” H5 I, 2, 239. “as it were f. off, sound thou Lord Hastings,” R3 III, 1, 170. “touch this sparingly, as 'twere f. off,” III, 5, 93. f. in or into == deep in or into: “he did look f. into the service of the time,” All's I, 2, 26. “do not plunge thyself too f. in anger,” II, 3, 222. “I am now so f. in offence with my niece,” Tw. IV, 2, 75. In a temporal sense: “too f. in years to be a pupil,” R2 I, 3, 171. “how f. into the morning is it?” R3 V, 3, 234.
4) at or to a high point or degree, much: “which f. exceeds his skill,” Lucr. 81. Tp. III, 2, 110. Gentl. III, 1, 166. LLL IV, 3, 41. V, 2, 677. All's IV, 3, 306. R3 III, 1, 104. Cymb. I, 4, 70. “f. poorer,” Lucr. 693. Lucr. 693 Sonn. 94, 14. 119, 12. Gentl. V, 4, 51. Err. III, 2, 44. H6B IV, 10, 50. Ant. I, 2, 16. “inferior f.” Sonn. 80, 7. “better f.” H6A II, 1, 29. H6C I, 1, 130. Rom. V, 3, 38. “f. too huge,” John V, 2, 86. “a baser man of arms by f.” H6A I, 4, 30. “thou thinkest me as f. in the devil's book as thou,” H4B II, 2, 49. “she enlargeth her mirth so f. that there is shrewd construction made of her,” Wiv. II, 2, 232. “nature dispenses with the deed so f. that it becomes a virtue,” Meas. III, 1, 135. “so f. deceived in him,” All's III, 6, 6. “my lord's almost so f. transported that he'll think anon it lives,” Wint. V, 3, 69. H5 III, 6, 144. H8 V, 1, 47. Tim. I, 2, 178. cf. “thus f.” Wint. V, 3, 74. “how f. my praise doth wrong this shadow,” Merch. III, 2, 126. “reposing too f. in his virtue,” All's III, 6, 15. “York is too f. gone with grief,” R2 II, 1, 184 (cf. “Go).” Hml. II, 2, 190. “you strain too f.” H4A IV, 1, 75. “you may fear too f. Safer than trust too f.” Lr. I, 4, 351. “press not a falling man too f.” H8 III, 2, 333; cf. “you press me f.” Merch. IV, 1, 425. “to mingle friendship f. is mingling bloods,” Wint. I, 2, 109. “you never read so f. to know the cause,” Shr. III, 1, 9 (== studied so much). “your late censure, which was too f.” H8 III, 1, 65 (i. e. too severe). “thus f. give me leave to speak him,” IV, 2, 32 (i. e. to say so much of him). “ere you had spoke so f.” Lr. V, 3, 63 (== gone such lengths in your pretensions). “you speak him f.” Cymb. I, 1, 24 (== say much of him, praise him much). “in that he spake too f.” V, 5, 309. cf. “thus f.” Tw. II, 1, 29. “whose f. unworthy deputy I am,” H6B III, 2, 286. “f. unfit to be a sovereign,” H6C III, 2, 92. “still f. wide,” Lr. IV, 7, 50. as f. as == in as much as: “as f. as I could well discern,” H6A II, 2, 26. H8 I, 3, 5. Troil. II, 2, 9. Lr. V, 1, 13. so f. as == in so much as: “so f. be mine as my true service shall deserve your love,” R2 III, 3, 198. “so f. as to mine enemy,” I, 3, 193 (== in so much as I may speak to my adversary). “so f. blameless,” Mids. III, 2, 350. “so f. am I glad,” Mids. III, 2, 350 “thus f.” Lucr. 1279. Sonn. 136, 4. 141, 13. Err. V, 254. All's III, 7, 15. Tw. II, 1, 29. Wint. V, 3, 74. H6C IV, 7, 2. H8 II, 1, 121. III, 2, 432. IV, 2, 32. V, 3, 147 (cf. Thus). so f. forth as == in so much as: “so f. forth as herself might be her chooser,” Wiv. IV, 6, 11. cf. “how f. forth you do like their articles,” H4B IV, 2, 53. “know thus f. forth,” Tp. I, 2, 177.
The compar. farther and superl. farthest are adj. as well as adv.; 1) adj. a) more, most distant: “'tis a space for --ther travel,” Ant. II, 1, 31. “the --thest earth,” Sonn. 44, 6. “the --thest steppe,” Mids. II, 1, 69. “brother-in-law was the --thest off you could have been to him,” Wint. IV, 4, 722. “the --thest limit,” John I, 22. “in the --thest east,” Rom. I, 1, 141. “the --thest sea,” II, 2, 83. “are you at the --thest?” Shr. IV, 2, 73.
b) farther == other, more: “stays no --ther reason,” Sonn. 151, 8. “have you nuns no --ther privileges?” Meas. I, 4, 1. “use no --ther means,” Merch. IV, 1, 81. H4B IV, 4, 72 (Q further). H5, I, 1, 5. Rom. I, 1, 108. Cymb. I, 5, 65. III, 5, 92. Per. IV, 2, 52.
c) farthest == latest: “spring come to you at the --thest in the very end of harvest,” Tp. IV, 114. Merch. II, 2, 122. == utmost: “such a wife as my thoughts make thee, and as my --thest band shall pass on thy approof,” Ant. III, 2, 26.
2) adv. a) at or to a greater, at or to the greatest distance; “--ther:” Sonn. 47, 11. Ado V, 1, 236. Shr. I, 2, 51. IV, 2, 75. John V, 1, 60. R3 IV, 1, 8. Rom. II, 2, 178 (Ff “further).” Ant. IV, 14, 47. “--ther off:” Sonn. 28, 8. Tp. III, 2, 81. Tp. III, 2, 81 H6C III, 2, 195. Lr. IV, 6, 30 (Ff further). “please you, --ther,” Tp. I, 2, 65 (== proceed); cf. Meas. III, 1, 212. “--thest:” Sonn. 117, 8. Caes. I, 3, 120.
b) farther == more: “'tis time I should inform thee --ther,” Tp. I, 2, 23. “thou must now know --ther,” Tp. I, 2, 23 “I will disparage her no --ther,” Ado III, 2, 131. “no --ther wise than Percy's wife,” H4A II, 3, 110 (Ff “further).” Shr. I, 1, 48. Wint. II, 1, 136. IV, 4, 460. V, 3, 75. Caes. IV, 3, 36. Oth. II, 1, 242 (Q farder, Ff. further). Cymb. II, 4, 52. Cor. II, 3, 117. == deeper: “seeing --ther than the eye hath shown,” Sonn. 69, 8.
Far, as a contracted compar., == farther (cf. Near): “f. than Deucalion off,” Wint. IV, 4, 442 (O. Edd. farre). cf. Shr. IV, 2, 73.
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