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farther

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adverb far·ther \ ˈfär-t͟hər \

Definition of farther

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

farther vs. further

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 in a Sentence

  1. It's farther away than I'd thought.

  2. they had traveled farther down the Colorado River than any previous explorers

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Origin and Etymology of farther

Middle English ferther, alteration of further

farther Synonyms

Synonyms
beyond, further, yon, yonder

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farther

adjective

Definition of farther

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

Examples of farther in a Sentence

  1. the farther side of town

  2. for farther information on this condition, you should consult your family physician

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Origin and Etymology of farther



FARTHER Defined for English Language Learners

farther

adjective

Definition of farther for English Language Learners

  • : more distant


FARTHER Defined for Kids

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farther

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adverb far·ther \ ˈfär-t͟hər \

Definition of farther for Students

1 :at or to a greater distance or more advanced point
  • They drove farther north.
2 :more completely
  • The class grew interested as she explained her idea farther.

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farther

adjective

Definition of farther for Students

:more distant
  • the farther hill


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