1 adj Distant means very far away.
usu ADJ n (Antonym: nearby)
The mountains rolled away to a distant horizon., ...the war in that distant land.
2 adj You use distant to describe a time or event that is very far away in the future or in the past.
usu ADJ n
(=faraway) (Antonym: near)
There is little doubt, however, that things will improve in the not too distant future...
3 adj A distant relative is one who you are not closely related to.
usu ADJ n (Antonym: close)
He's a distant relative of the mayor...
distantly adv usu ADV -ed
His father's distantly related to the Royal family.
4 adj If you describe someone as distant, you mean that you find them cold and unfriendly.
He found her cold, ice-like and distant...
5 adj If you describe someone as distant, you mean that they are not concentrating on what they are doing because they are thinking about other things.
There was a distant look in her eyes from time to time, her thoughts elsewhere.
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