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noun distance pronunciation in American English /ˈdɪstəns/
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singulardistance
pluraldistances
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the amount of space between two people or things
    distance from: It is important to consider distance from public transportation when buying a house.
    distance to: They started to walk the short distance to the camp.
    distance of: a distance of five miles
    long distances: He’s used to driving long distances.
    some/a good/a considerable distance: His parents live some distance away.
    at a distance of: Altair, at a distance of 17 light-years, is one of the closest of the bright stars.
    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] the amount of time between two points in time
      A definitive cure is still some distance away.
    2. b.
      [uncountable] the fact that two people or things are far apart from each other
      The distance has never been a problem for our relationship.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] great differences between two people or things
    the social distance between farmers and farm workers
  3. 4
    [uncountable] the amount of progress that needs to be made in order to solve a problem
    There’s still some distance to go.

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