Definition of remote in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈmōt/

adjective (remoter, remotest)

1(Of a place) situated far from the main centers of population; distant: a remote Oregon valley I’d chosen a spot that looked as remote from any road as possible
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  • This problem centres on our very large landmass, long coastline, remote location and small population.
  • The facts are that since 1981, the Aboriginal population in remote areas has grown by more than 20 per cent.
  • Diseases continue to ravage large populations, especially in remote areas.
faraway, distant, far, far off, far removed, extrasolar
isolated, out of the way, off the beaten track/path, secluded, lonely, in the back of beyond, godforsaken, inaccessible, far-flung, in the backwoods, lonesome
informal in the sticks, in the middle of nowhere
1.1(Of an electronic device) operating or operated by means of radio or infrared signals.
Example sentences
  • A signal condition monitoring circuit drives an integral two-color LED and an alarm signal for remote monitoring at the control.
  • Walthall has spent hundreds of hours aboard NASA planes, operating remote sensors, but he is doing his research on the ground now.
  • The researchers had already deployed time-lapse cameras mounted to trees and remote microphones to listen for the telltale calls.
1.2Distant in time: a golden age in the remote past
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  • Each idyll is a society in the distant future or the remote past that can be held up as a noble alternative to American society.
  • Some of the pictures featured at the show were those sent by spacecraft such as Mariner 9 which reveal extensive channels made by flowing water in the remote past of the planet.
  • It gives us the opportunity to form some opinion not just of the physical circumstances of life in the remote past, but also of how such people might have thought and felt about life.
1.3Distantly related: a remote cousin
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  • Status, rank, and patronage opportunities had rarely been of greater importance and even remote family connections could be of real use.
  • He could have made the same point just as well without any discussion of remote genetic relationships.
  • On the face of it, the objection of any surviving relative, however remote, bars any transplant.
1.4Having very little connection with or relationship to: the theory seems rather intellectual and remote from everyday experience
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  • Other times, the connection is more remote, or downright nonexistent.
  • Any remote relationship to terrorism will get you involved in one of these tribunals.
  • The remaining six plaintiffs were excluded as claimants because they were in a more remote relationship - but it seems that on appeal they all lost and for a variety of reasons.
irrelevant to, unrelated to, unconnected to, unconcerned with, not pertinent to, immaterial to, unassociated with;
foreign to, alien to
1.5(Of a person) aloof and unfriendly in manner: this morning Maria again seemed remote and patronizing
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  • While seen as personally remote and aloof, Collins came across as fair and measured in meetings with unions.
  • Visibly thrilled over his visit, he says that contrary to apprehension that he would be cold and remote, the Prince came across as a very amenable and caring person.
  • She is a cold, remote, autocratic figurehead with monarchical delusions and the instincts of a contract killer.
aloof, distant, detached, withdrawn, reserved, uncommunicative, unforthcoming, unapproachable, unresponsive, unfriendly, unsociable, introspective, introverted
informal standoffish
1.6 Computing Denoting a device that can only be accessed by means of a network. Compare with local.
Example sentences
  • The rlogin command gives you easier access to remote machines than telnet.
  • Manufacturers can also use RMS to load new profiles or operating systems into remote devices.
  • PingAlarm is a tiny application that sits in the system tray, and has a green light that turns red if any remote device is down.
2(Of a chance or possibility) unlikely to occur: chances of a genuine and lasting peace become even more remote
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  • It's not hers so there's still that remote chance she's still out there somewhere alive and - we're still clinging to that.
  • Five hundred and sixteen other patients who also had surgery there have been warned of the remote possibility of exposure.
  • I want you to hear what he said about that albeit remote possibility.
unlikely, improbable, implausible, doubtful, dubious;
faint, slight, slim, small, slender


A remote control device.
Example sentences
  • As the user, you can interface with the system via keypads, touch screens, panic buttons, TV screens, computers, telephones, handheld remotes or other devices.
  • Some universal remotes can be large and unwieldy with way too many buttons, many of which wind up going unused.
  • Thus, we are often called upon to help customers get hard-to-find batteries for their watches and cordless phones and remotes and stuff.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'far apart'): from Latin remotus 'removed', past participle of removere (see remove).

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Syllabification: re·mote

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