farther

adverb
far·​ther | \ˈfär-t͟hər \

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

Rescuers have found some of the boys’ belongings in chambers farther back from the entrance and it is believed the boys have gone deeper into the cave to seek dry ground. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Why cave search for Thai boys is so complicated," 28 June 2018 Two Oregon Ducks runners were farther back in the pack. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Wisconsin's Oliver Hoare wins physical men's 1,500 at NCAA track championships; Oregon's Sam Prakel is 6th," 8 June 2018 Baldwin intended his movie as a satire of U.S. imperialism, and the history of right-wing conspiracy theories reaches much farther back than Tribulation 99. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Chicago Underground Film Festival: Tribulation 99," 7 June 2018 But then Mother Nature dissipated his momentum, leaving him farther back of the leaderboard. Editors, USA TODAY, "Stoneman Marjory Douglas High School graduation, NBA Finals: 5 things to know this weekend," 2 June 2018 Less invitingly, farther back in the crowd, a gray-haired Saint Peter, clutching his keys to heaven, eyes us over his shoulder as if suspicious of our intrusion. New York Times, "Review: Art for the Soul in ‘Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth’," 16 May 2018 From farther back, Warrior’s Club came rallying down the middle of the sloppy track under Luis Contreras, coming up just a head short of the win. Bill Cain, The Courier-Journal, "Limousine Liberal takes Grade 2 Churchill Downs ahead of Kentucky Derby 2018," 5 May 2018 Perrotta also signed off on new procedures that let Pruitt fly first-class on commercial airliners, with the security chief typically sitting next to him with other security staff farther back in the plane. Fox News, "Senate Dems push back on EPA boss Scott Pruitt's security claims," 10 Apr. 2018 Perrotta also signed off on new procedures that let Pruitt fly first-class on commercial airliners, with the security chief typically sitting next to him with other security staff farther back in the plane. Michael Biesecker, BostonGlobe.com, "EPA’s Pruitt spent millions on security, travel," 7 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Three refineries in Corpus Christi and one farther inland at Three Rivers were shutting down ahead of the storm Supermarket shelves are also emptying fast as residents stock up on food, water and other essentials before Harvey strikes. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Kings Harbor stores begin to bounce back after Harvey," 16 May 2018 Moose, bears, coyotes and other animals share city trails, and that's especially true the farther one travels from downtown. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Tackle Anchorage’s terrific city trail system," 3 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

Middle English ferther, alteration of further

Adjective

see farther entry 1

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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 \

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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