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afar (adv.)

contraction of Middle English of feor (late 12c.), on ferr (c. 1300), from Old English feor "far" (see far); the a- (1) in compounds representing both of and on (which in this use meant the same thing). Spelled afer in 14c.

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Definitions of afar

afar (adv.)
(old-fashioned) at or from or to a great distance; far;
we traveled afar
we could see the ship afar off
the Magi came from afar
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