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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.  
v-link ADJ   (=aloof)  
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.   (=faraway)  
There was a distant look in her eyes from time to time, her thoughts elsewhere.     
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exp.
creuse le puits d'un jour lointain, pour y boire un autre jour
culture générale il faut préparer son avenir
n.
an acquaintance or relative close enough to greet by giving a kiss
n.
set of data relative to the online activity of one particular user
[Tech.]
adj.
relative to people who are attached but don't want to be too intimate with someone on whom they are dependent
psychology
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