distance collocations and examples

 UK /ˈdɪstəns/

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the space between two people, things, or places

Adjectives frequently used with distance
long: considerable, a fair, a good, great, long, vastWe can provide transport for patients who live a long distance from the hospital.

Usage note

When something is a long way from you it is in the distance: The peaks of the Pyrenees would be seen in the far distance.If you are a long way from something or someone you may see them at/from a distance: I’ve only ever seen him from a distance, never close up.

not very long: reasonable, short, smallAs it was a warm night they walked the short distance home.

Usage note

If you say that a place is within walking/driving/cycling distance, you mean that it is easy to reach by walking, driving, or cycling.

not too close: comfortable, discreet, respectful, safePhotographs were taken at a respectful distance.

Verbs frequently used with distance
travel a distance: cover, travelWe had to travel the whole distance on foot.travel a distance in a particular way: cycle, drive, swim, walkYou should be able to swim a distance of 400m with ease.keep a certain amount of distance between two things: keep, maintainTry to maintain a safe distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you.
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