Meaning of REMOTE in English

I. re ‧ mote 1 W3 /rɪˈməʊt $ -ˈmoʊt/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: past participle of removere ; ⇨ ↑ remove ]

1 . FAR AWAY far from towns or other places where people live SYN isolated :

a remote border town

a fire in a remote mountain area

2 . NOT LIKELY if a chance or possibility of something happening is remote, it is not very likely to happen SYN slight

remote chance/possibility

There’s a remote chance that you can catch him before he leaves.

The prospect of peace seems remote.

3 . TIME far away in time SYN distant :

the remote time when dinosaurs walked the earth

a remote ancestor (=someone related to you, who lived a long time ago)

4 . DIFFERENT very different from something

remote from

The Heights was quiet and clean and remote from the busy daily life of the city.

5 . PERSON unfriendly, and not interested in people SYN distant :

His father was a remote, quiet man.

6 . not have the remotest idea/interest/intention etc especially British English used to emphasize that you do not know something, are not interested in something, do not intend to do something etc:

He hasn’t the remotest interest in sport.

not have the remotest idea/interest/intention etc what/where/who etc

I haven’t the remotest idea what you mean.

—remoteness noun [uncountable]

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▪ far adverb a long distance – used mainly in negatives and questions, or after ‘too’, ‘so’, and ‘as’:

It’s not far to the airport from here.


Have you driven far?


The ship was so far away we could hardly see it.

▪ a long way adverb a long distance from somewhere. This is the most common way of talking about long distances, except in negatives and questions when far is also common:

You must be tired – you’ve come a long way.


It’s a long way down from the top of the cliff.


I can’t see things that are a long way away.

▪ miles adverb informal a very long way:

We hiked miles.


The school is miles away from where I live.

▪ in the distance adverb a long way from where you are now – used when talking about things that seem small or sounds that seem quiet because they are a long way away:

Dogs were barking somewhere in the distance.

▪ distant adjective especially written used about something that is a long distance from where you are now, and looks small or sounds quiet:

By now, the plane was just a distant speck in the sky.


the rumble of distant thunder

▪ faraway adjective especially written a very long distance from where you are now:

a traveller from a faraway land


His voice sounded faraway.


He told us stories about the faraway countries he had visited.

▪ remote adjective a remote place is a long distance from other places, and few people go there:

The helicopter crashed in a remote part of the country.


remote holiday destinations

▪ isolated adjective an isolated place is a long distance from other towns, buildings, or people, and there is very little communication with surrounding places:

isolated rural areas of Nepal


Occasionally we passed through a small isolated village.


If you travel to isolated areas, make sure you have a good guide.

▪ off the beaten track ( also off the beaten path American English ) adverb a place that is off the beaten track is a long distance from the places where people usually go, and often seems interesting and different because of this:

She likes to go to places that are a bit off the beaten track.

II. remote 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

a ↑ remote control :

Give me the remote.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.