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adjective distant pronunciation in British English /ˈdɪstənt/

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  1. 1
    [usually before noun] far away from the place where you are
    Her eyes scanned the distant hills.
    I could faintly hear the distant rumble of traffic.
    The castle was four miles distant.
    1. a.
      far away in time
      The elections are still five weeks distant.
      in the distant past/future (=a long time ago/a long time in the future): One day, in the distant future, I might go and live abroad.
      in the not too distant future (=fairly soon): I expect to return in the not too distant future.
      a distant memory (=something you cannot remember very well because it happened a long time ago): That lovely summer in Majorca already felt like a distant memory.
  2. 3
    showing that you are thinking about something else
    He nodded slowly, a distant look in his eyes.
  3. 4
    [only before noun] related, but not in a close way
    a distant relative/cousin


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