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You are far away yet you are near,

You are far away yet I can hear,

You were rather close now you are not,

You sent me a message of that I got,

You are far away yet I can see,

You're looking for a word can you name me?



Update After showing this my colleagues, some of them think I've gone about this a little wrong. Therefore I'll give a little hint for those that want it. I hope I haven't spoiled it.

Technically it's not a word, but a prefix.

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Is it the prefix:

tele-

You are far away yet you are near,

telescope

You are far away yet I can hear,

telephone

You were rather close now you are not,

teleport?

You sent me a message of that I got,

telegraph

You are far away yet I can see,

television

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  • $\begingroup$ I have to admit the hint really helped. $\endgroup$ – HollyLeaves Feb 23 '18 at 15:53
  • $\begingroup$ Welp, you beat me to it by 2 minutes :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Feb 23 '18 at 15:55
  • $\begingroup$ @Randal'Thor Yeah I saw yours right after I posted. :p $\endgroup$ – HollyLeaves Feb 23 '18 at 15:56
  • $\begingroup$ Excellent, you named all the tele- words I was thinking of. $\endgroup$ – Jack Pettinger Feb 23 '18 at 16:05
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    $\begingroup$ Great. So proud. This is one of the few sites that require almost no specialized knowledge. :) $\endgroup$ – HollyLeaves Feb 23 '18 at 16:12
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Is it a

memory?

I think so because:

You are far away yet you are near,

memories remind of people who we feel close to

You are far away yet I can hear,

one tends to remember the words as they were spoken

You were rather close now you are not,

one often remembers those who are not in touch

You sent me a message of that I got,

memories are associative of events and messages

You are far away yet I can see,

one can visualize the speakers from memories

You're looking for a word can you name me?

self explanatory

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  • $\begingroup$ I like this answer, it does fit, but it's not the one I was looking for. $\endgroup$ – Jack Pettinger Feb 23 '18 at 13:38
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Given the new hint, my guess is

TELE

because it's a

Greek-derived prefix meaning "far away".

You are far away yet you are near,

"Tele" means far away, but many tele-things are actually quite near us all the time.

You are far away yet I can hear,

Tele-phone means roughly "far away hearing".

You were rather close now you are not,
You sent me a message of that I got,

Tele-things can often me used to send messages - especially telephones as referenced in the previous line.

You are far away yet I can see,

Tele-vision means roughly "far away seeing".

You're looking for a word can you name me?

Not a word but a prefix (unless you count the homophone "telly").

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  • $\begingroup$ Very good, you're the only person to have mentioned the Greek meaning given in the title. I need to give Holly the accept as she got all the tele- words I was thinking of. In your opinion, as I'm new and you've been a member for years; to help me in puzzle building in the future, should I have given the hint? $\endgroup$ – Jack Pettinger Feb 23 '18 at 16:05
  • $\begingroup$ @Jack No worries, Holly definitely deserves the accept. Re the hint - in my opinion, it was a bit too much of a giveaway, because "prefix" and "far away" would immediately put the correct answer into a lot of people's heads. A more cryptic hint, maybe something like "I am a word but not a word", would have made it a bit more challenging. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Feb 23 '18 at 16:09
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is it a

satellite?

because

satellites orbiting the earth are far away, but still not THAT far away from the earth
satellites are used for telecommunications, so they can "hear"
because they're orbiting the earth, the distance between us and them vary
they're used for telecommunications so they recieve messages
some are used to take pictures of the earth, so they can see

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Are you a

Phone

You are far away yet you are near,

Phones allow us bring others close who are far away (skype, facetime, call, text, etc)

You are far away yet I can hear,

this could be a phone call

You were rather close now you are not,

perhaps you ended the call? or the person traveled away and was originally there

You sent me a message of that I got,

this could be a text or sms message

You are far away yet I can see,

going back to the factime/skype video chat

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  • $\begingroup$ Closest answer yet... $\endgroup$ – Jack Pettinger Feb 23 '18 at 15:22
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Perhaps, it is a

(Moving) STAR

As,

A star is far away and it rhymes with far.
It sends signals( electromagnetic radiation/radio signals)
Stars are usually supposed to be moving away from us ( As per some theories of astronomy) and hence it is close/near now but not a moment later!
You can see a star, though it is far off!

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Adding another answer. Is it

Video?
I was initially thinking of a video call, but realised that video also suffices for the mentioned puzzle.

I think so because:

You are far away yet you are near,

Videos help you see folks at a distance on a screen

You are far away yet I can hear,

Self explanatory from previous question

You were rather close now you are not,

People appear close on the screen but are not actually

You sent me a message of that I got,

Videos deliver messages

You are far away yet I can see,

Videos can be shot anywhere at faroff location

You're looking for a word can you name me?

self explanatory

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