1 far away in space
VERBS be, sound | become, grow The sound of the engine was growing more and more distant.
ADV. far (literary), very in far distant lands | increasingly | unimaginably It was only a few miles away but it seemed unimaginably distant. | geographically geographically distant areas of the world
PREP. from The stars are more distant from the earth than the sun.
2 far away in time
ADV. very | increasingly | fairly, not too in the not too distant future
PHRASES the dim and distant past stories from the dim and distant past
3 not friendly/not paying attention
VERBS be, seem | become | remain | find sb
ADV. very | rather, slightly | strangely Even his children found him strangely distant and impersonal.