adverb far·ther \ˈfär-thər\

: to or at or to a more distant place or time or a more advanced point

Full Definition of FARTHER

:  at or to a greater distance or more advanced point <got no farther than the first page> <nothing could be farther from the truth>
:  to a greater degree or extent <see to it that I do not have to act any farther in the matter — Bernard DeVoto>

Usage Discussion of FARTHER

Farther and further have been used more or less interchangeably throughout most of their history, but currently they are showing signs of diverging. As adverbs they continue to be used interchangeably whenever spatial, temporal, or metaphorical distance is involved. But where there is no notion of distance, further is used <our techniques can be further refined>. Further is also used as a sentence modifier <further, the workshop participants were scarcely optimistic — L. B. Mayhew>, but farther is not. A polarizing process appears to be taking place in their adjective use. Farther is taking over the meaning of distance <the farther shore> and further the meaning of addition <needed no further invitation>.

Examples of FARTHER

  1. It's farther away than I'd thought.
  2. <they had traveled farther down the Colorado River than any previous explorers>

Origin of FARTHER

Middle English ferther, alteration of further
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to FARTHER



: more distant

Full Definition of FARTHER

:  more distant :  remoter <the farther side of town>
:  further 2 <clearing his throat preparatory to farther revelations — Edith Wharton>

Examples of FARTHER

  1. the farther side of town
  2. <for farther information on this condition, you should consult your family physician>

First Known Use of FARTHER

14th century


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