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 The result is that getting from one side of the Bay Area to another can be complicated, slow and expensive, especially for low-income people who live farther away. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area transit can be a complex, costly ‘nightmare.’ The pandemic might help fix that," 1 Jan. 2021 Emergency rooms are so overcrowded that ambulances have to wait as long as eight hours to drop off patients or are sometimes sent to hospitals farther away. Brittny Mejia Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "COVID-19 holiday surge may extend Southern California stay-at-home order into the new year," 28 Dec. 2020 In some cases the hackers planted a backdoor but didn't go any farther. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "The Worst Hacks of 2020, a Surreal Pandemic Year," 27 Dec. 2020 From our perspective, interstellar space begins when sun particles can’t go any farther. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Sun Is Disturbing the Quiet of Interstellar Space," 4 Dec. 2020 The upside: fewer people means your budget can go a lot farther. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "A Pro Caterer Shares Tips for (Safely!) Hosting During the COVID Era," 30 Oct. 2020 Go farther by requesting your full medical records and comparing the notes to the bills. Rebekah L. Sanders, The Arizona Republic, "Their 5-year-old broke his arm, and they paid the bills. Then came another charge, for more than $2,000," 29 Oct. 2020 In particular, travel west an hour to Tahquamenon Falls State Park to view unparalleled beauty, and then go just a few hours farther to explore the glittering destination of the Eben Ice Caves. Washington Post, "From Oregon to Florida, the best winter road trips for RVs," 29 Oct. 2020 Hargrave made it to the bi-district round last season and will look to go farther this season. Marcus Gutierrez, Chron, "Basketball: Five Lake Houston area teams named to TABC preseason poll," 21 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective After months of sheltering in place together, some families and tight groups of friends are slowly venturing farther than the patio. Debra Kamin, WSJ, "Where to Travel With Your Pod," 11 Nov. 2020 Havlin's world these days is small, extending not much farther than a 1-mile radius around his apartment. Christopher Cox, Wired, "The Vulnerable Can Wait. Vaccinate the Super-Spreaders First," 10 Nov. 2020 Parody requires going a little farther than reality. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "The 'SNL' Michigan hearings cold open proved it's too hard to parody pathetic. Here's how," 7 Dec. 2020 Mercury and Mars have both been totally blasted by cosmic radiation, even though Mars is much farther than Earth. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Says the Sun Can Power All of Civilization. Of Course He's Right.," 16 Oct. 2020 The entire sampling attempt, lasting 4.5 hours, needs to be autonomous; Bennu is currently five times farther from Earth than Mars, and radio signals take 18 minutes to reach it. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "A NASA mission is about to capture carbon-rich dust from a former water world," 8 Oct. 2020 Start creating farther distances and adding in distractions. Hannah Harper, Health.com, "4 Expert Tips for Training Your Dog," 21 Sep. 2020 The fourth season is set in Kansas City in the 1950s, but was filmed over several months in the Chicago area and farther south. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "11-year-old Chicagoan has memorable role on ‘Fargo’: Chris Rock ‘told me to get ready to be a big star’," 11 Nov. 2020 But Hoosiers who live farther south will see even more rain and possible flash floods, said Mike Koch, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. Vic Ryckaert, The Indianapolis Star, "How Hurricane Zeta will affect Central Indiana," 28 Oct. 2020

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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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10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Farther.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farther. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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