far·​ther | \ ˈfär-t͟hər How to pronounce farther (audio) \

Definition of farther

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of farther (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms for farther

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Adjective

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Farther vs. Further: Usage Guide


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

Adverb It's farther away than I'd thought. they had traveled farther down the Colorado River than any previous explorers Adjective the farther side of town for farther information on this condition, you should consult your family physician
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb At some point in their lives many workers have had to decide whether to live in smaller homes close to their jobs in city centers, partly to reduce commute time, or to live in larger homes farther away. Gad Levanon, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 Four years later, residents are trying to force the plant to shut down and move to a different location, farther away from people. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, 4 Jan. 2022 The possible exoplanet was discovered in the Whirlpool Galaxy, about 28 million light-years away -- thousands of times farther away than those in the Milky Way. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 21 Dec. 2021 More electrons flow in from air molecules that are farther away, forming ribbons of ionized air that extend from each ice crystal tip. Thomas Lewton, Quanta Magazine, 20 Dec. 2021 Meanwhile, Nikolayeva decided to move elsewhere in town, farther away from the front line. Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2021 Out there, four times farther away than the moon, Webb will be — in a sense — invisible. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 17 Dec. 2021 Such an eDNA signal could reveal the existence of one butterfly right next to the air sampler or a vast kaleidoscope of lepidopterans farther away. Katharine Gammon, Scientific American, 16 Dec. 2021 Almost all Goodwin students are commuters and Connecticut residents, but officials say on-campus housing would attract students from farther away. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 14 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That's almost three times farther per kilowatt hour than a Tesla Model S Long Range, according to US EPA estimates. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 3 Jan. 2022 During the flight, the uncrewed Orion spacecraft will launch atop the SLS rocket to reach the moon and travel thousands of miles beyond it -- farther than any spacecraft intended to carry humans has ever traveled. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 That’s farther than any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 The new boundaries push farther east and south in Utah County, picking up solidly Republican parts of the state. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Nov. 2021 More than 3 billion urban residents live 25 kilometers or farther from a weather station with a robust reporting record. Kathryn Grace, The Conversation, 4 Oct. 2021 Work is also underway farther north on the Red Line, where the CTA has closed and is rebuilding the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stations, along with new tracks, support structure, bridges and viaducts. Sarah Freishtat, chicagotribune.com, 18 Nov. 2021 Belugas are less abundant in Kotzebue Sound than farther north. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Nov. 2021 The storms are expected to be fairly gentle until the weekend, when downpours could cause mud and debris flows in high-severity burn areas, including the Highway 50 corridor in the Caldor fire footprint and farther north by the Dixie fire scar. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of farther


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for farther

Adverb and Adjective

Middle English ferther, alteration of further

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Time Traveler for farther

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The first known use of farther was in the 14th century

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10 Jan 2022

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“Farther.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farther. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for farther


far·​ther | \ ˈfär-t͟hər How to pronounce farther (audio) \

Kids Definition of farther

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.



Kids Definition of farther (Entry 2 of 2)

: more distant the farther hill

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