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

Synonyms: Adjective

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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 Your donation may go farther at a small local nonprofit than at a large charity. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Still looking to give back in 2019? Here’s a list," 30 Dec. 2019 Your donation may go farther at a small local nonprofit than at a large charity. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Dust off the glitter, and give," 30 Dec. 2019 Your donation may go farther at a small local nonprofit than at a large charity. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Dust off the glitter, and give," 30 Dec. 2019 Your donation may go farther at a small local nonprofit than at a large charity. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 29 Dec. 2019 That makes for a reasonably enjoyable car, but the M Roadster went farther, using the engine from the high-performance BMW M3. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "10 cars that could make great investments in 2020," 26 Dec. 2019 But the connection between Tampa Bay and Milwaukee goes back farther than that. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Report: Utility player Eric Sogard returns to Brewers as free agent after strong '19 season," 18 Dec. 2019 Guards at an entrance station stop anyone without authorization from going farther. USA Today, "Worker injuries, 911 calls, housing crisis: Recruiting Tesla exacts a price," 12 Nov. 2019 That Sanders is the mastermind behind the Medicare for All bill may go farther in explaining Warren’s reluctance to provide a more compelling answer. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, "Warren’s Medicare-for-All Dodge Is Wearing Thin," 16 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These are very similar to Nor'easters, but the center of the storm tends to be farther inland. Cnn Meteorologist Allison Chinchar, CNN, "The Colorado Hooker, Pineapple Express and other colorful winter storm names," 19 Dec. 2019 In colder climates, like Iceland, as fish like capelin head north other fish that were previously found farther south move into their waters. Kendra Pierre-louis, New York Times, "Warming Waters, Moving Fish: How Climate Change Is Reshaping Iceland," 29 Nov. 2019 While that's not an issue for distant stars or even for farther galaxies, stars closer to Earth will have a larger relative motion over the sorts of time involved here. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Finding stars that vanished—by scouring old photos," 24 Dec. 2019 For the farther boroughs of Staten Island and the Bronx the flat fee will be upped to $20. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "LaGuardia Airport Now Has $15 Flat-Rate Rides to Manhattan and Brooklyn," 15 Nov. 2019 Thursday, for Part Two (repeating through Sunday), Dudamel moseyed a bit farther west and a lot farther south. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Dudamel channels American cowboys, indigenous Mexicans, ethnic groups of South America," 11 Oct. 2019 Fire-control oriented computer algorithms could quickly merge sensor data with targeting information and tactical details to give Strykers an ability to find and hit targets much more efficiently, and potentially at farther ranges. Fox News, "Army plans 'lase-off' competition to incinerate targets with lasers fired from Strykers," 5 Nov. 2019 Local media reported several cases of residents who evacuated when Hagibis passed through their area and returned home when the storm had moved on, not realizing that flood waters were coming from farther upstream. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Deadly typhoon forces Japan to face its vulnerability to increasingly powerful storms," 22 Oct. 2019 Cooler waters, such as those farther north, can starve the systems. Aric Chokey, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricane Lorenzo’s record-breaking march will end with a rare landfall: the coast of Ireland," 3 Oct. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for farther

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

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Farther.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farther. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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