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noun distance pronunciation in British English /ˈdɪstəns/
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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 transport when buying a house.

    distance to:

    They started to walk the short distance to the camp.

    distance of:

    a distance of five miles

    some/a good/a considerable distance:

    His parents live some distance away.

    long distances:

    He’s used to driving long distances.

    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
    [singular/uncountable] if there is a distance between two people, their relationship is not friendly or close
    1. a.
      a way of speaking or behaving that is not very friendly and does not encourage other people to talk to you

      It was his distance towards me that was so upsetting.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] great differences between two people or things

    the social distance between farmers and farm workers

  4. 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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