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

Cape Cod homes have a lot of similarities to the more traditional American Colonial homes being built at the same time in colonies farther south. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Cape Cod-Style Houses," 9 Nov. 2018 According to a new paper published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, domesticated cacao — the raw ingredient for chocolate — can in fact be traced farther south, to the upper Amazon in South America. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Chocolate has been around for millennia. New research suggests it’s even older than we thought.," 31 Oct. 2018 Go farther north to ride the Jay Peak Aerial Tramway to the 4,000-foot summit of Jay Peak. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, "See Vermont Fall Foliage in These 12 Beautiful Places," 2 Oct. 2018 Expanding the historical range farther north is not justified, according to a paper co-authored by a wildlife scientific coordinator at the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Can Mexican gray wolves survive in Mexico? Ranchers, advocates square off in familiar debate," 13 May 2018 Get our daily newsletter This is an extension of a trend that began farther north; Sikhs already play an outsize part in Canadian trucking. The Economist, "An all-American industry changes the all-American way," 3 May 2018 That helped push a chunk of Vail's estimated 750,000 Epic Pass holders to look farther north this past season. Bloomberg.com, "Is Vail Resorts Killing Whistler’s Spirit?," 9 Apr. 2018 Growers in the southern Willamette Valley ship their crops to processors farther north, where the bulk of Oregon's filberts grow. Tribune News Service, OregonLive.com, "Tariffs hit Oregon farm goods," 5 Apr. 2018 Uniqlo Cards for Hope Make your tidings go farther. Tanya Moskowitz, WSJ, "Art Director Tanya Moskowitz’s Gift Guide: In the Bag," 18 Dec. 2018

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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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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