farther

adverb
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

farther

adjective

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

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Synonyms for farther

Synonyms: Adverb

beyond, further, yon, yonder

Synonyms: Adjective

added, additional, another, else, fresh, further, more, other

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Farther vs. Further: Usage Guide

Adverb

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

Follow several miles and take a right on Sheepskin Hollow Road or travel farther east on Mount Parnassus and take a right on Warner Road and right on Ridgebury Road. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A fun visit to a hollow full of waterfalls, mountain laurel and rock formations in East Haddam," 14 June 2019 Holding planes in the air and making them fly farther wastes fuel. The Economist, "Air-traffic control is a mess," 14 June 2019 Crystal Lake, eight miles farther up, offers up to 50 sites and walking access to Crystal Lake itself, where there is fishing but no swimming. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "In the glow of a mountain campsite that’s closer than you’d believe," 13 June 2019 Imperial China, too, used its military to expand its borders and house refugees in ever farther-flung borderlands. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Human migration sparked by wars, disasters, and now climate," 12 June 2019 Russell also mentioned his desire to have other projects farther along. Rick Kambic, chicagotribune.com, "Mundelein looks to add 'welcome' signs on two railroad bridges," 11 June 2019 This summer's dead zone will be in areas where fishing vessels usually work, meaning fleets will have to spend more on fuel to travel farther to chase fish. Jen Christensen, CNN, "The Gulf could see one of the largest dead zones in history this year," 10 June 2019 And after the Post published his op-ed Friday, that story traveled even farther and faster, as it was shared and retweeted by a lot of people willing to believe the worst about Alabama and it’s namesake university. al.com, "Culverhouse, UA feud was about ego, power and money, not Alabama’s abortion law," 9 June 2019 David Suter Community Colleges Draw From Abroad For many American universities and colleges, the world is getting farther away. New York Times, "Bulletin Board," 8 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Alternatively, users can move it a bit farther to seven inches away for a bigger 120-inch image. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "LG’s second-gen 4K laser projector works from just two inches away from your wall," 21 Dec. 2018 Medtronic , a medical-device maker, has subsidized a commuter van to attract employees from farther cities and made working from home an option, the company said. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "Economic Damage From California Fires Spreads Further Than Blazes," 11 Dec. 2018 Martinez said the swelling number of vacation rental units has pushed some families into motels and forced low-income workers into farther commutes. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Tahoe voters to decide on measure to cut number of vacation rentals," 21 June 2018 And then those farther to the left jumped on him, and Fox News and those on the right put the boots to him, too. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "30-year-old slacker evicted from parents' basement could prove doubters wrong, lead the millennials," 26 May 2018 And because Thwaites and much of the rest of the ice sheet rest on bedrock that sits below sea level, any retreat of the grounding line lets water penetrate farther inland, melting more ice and further speeding glacier’s flow. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Antarctic Quest Seeks to Predict the Fate of a Linchpin Glacier," 14 May 2018 The crop of acorns from the live oaks that grew on the narrow cheniers veining the coastal marsh and the water oaks and southern red oaks upland farther inland were gone. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Late winter gives Texas hunters best shot at feral hogs," 24 Jan. 2018 An easterly component to the winds will still allow those residing close to Lake Michigan to experience temperatures in the 70s, while farther inland readings approach or exceed the 90-degree mark. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Another warm day, but clouds on the increase," 28 May 2018 Another report, by the authority which administers the scheme, concluded that irrigation in the basin’s upper reaches was still depriving those farther downstream, like Mr McBride, of water. The Economist, "Australia’s biggest river is running dry, despite plans to save it," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of farther

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

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

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More Definitions for farther

farther

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of farther

: more distant

farther

adverb
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.

farther

adjective

Kids Definition of farther (Entry 2 of 2)

: more distant the farther hill

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