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 loosening of borders spread even farther after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and then again more than a decade later, when many countries in the former Eastern Bloc became part of the European Union. Rachel Donadio, The Atlantic, "The Death of Cosmopolitanism," 23 June 2020 The air conditioning seemed to push viral particles through the air, even farther than six feet. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "Behind the Conflicting Advice on Coronavirus Safety," 22 June 2020 The town of about 1,300 is located farther north than Fairbanks, Alaska, and is known for having an unusually wide temperature range. Andrew Freedman, BostonGlobe.com, "Hottest Arctic temperature record likely set with 100-degree reading in Siberia," 21 June 2020 Wheel spacers are a popular option for people who want to move the wheel farther from the hub. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, "The Wildest Truck Accessories That Drive Us Nuts," 20 June 2020 However, the outlooks didn’t highlight the potential for destructive winds farther south in Colorado until the morning that the derecho formed. Russ Schumacher, The Conversation, "What is a derecho? An atmospheric scientist explains these rare but dangerous storm systems," 15 June 2020 In addition, it was learned that the same driver had hit another vehicle farther south on Voss and fled that scene as well as striking a guardrail and cement barrier. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 15 June 2020 Others are considering shifting workers even farther away. Natalie Wong, Bloomberg.com, "Trying Out New Office Layouts for the Post-Pandemic Age," 12 June 2020 Two to 4 inches will be possible farther north into the Upper Mississippi Valley and northern Plains over the next day or two. Leigh Morgan, al, "Cristobal weakens to a depression while tracking farther inland," 8 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In previous years, the town has had two fireworks displays that begin simultaneously near the Boardwalk on the southern end of town and farther north at Northside Park. USA TODAY, "Airport number war, Navajo lockdowns, petition rules: News from around our 50 states," 18 June 2020 The result is that the current version of the Model S Long-Range Plus can travel nearly 20 percent farther than the 2019 version. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Tesla Model S Breaks 400-Mile Range Barrier," 16 June 2020 While recent rain has reduced high wildfire risks in much of Southcentral Alaska, Mowry said, conditions are still dry farther north in the Interior, especially near the Fairbanks area. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Wildfire crosses Dalton Highway near Fairbanks, causing heavy smoke and possible delays for drivers," 11 June 2020 After arriving at Ponsonby Sound, FitzRoy and some of the crew, including Darwin, headed off in two of the ship’s boats on a 300-mile round trip to chart the farther reaches of the Beagle Channel, named for FitzRoy’s first adventures there. National Geographic, "Darwin's first—and only—trip around the world began a scientific revolution," 11 June 2020 Beyond that, bullets drift more in the wind at farther distances. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "7 Confessions from a New Rifle Shooter (That Can Help All Newbies Get Started)," 1 June 2020 Groups split up and eventually convened at Washington Square Park before making their way farther downtown. The New Yorker, "Scenes from a Weekend of Mass Protest in New York City," 1 June 2020 Moose, bears, coyotes and other animals share city trails, and that’s especially true the farther one travels from downtown. Katie Pesznecker, Anchorage Daily News, "Tackle Anchorage’s terrific city trail system," 30 May 2020 Borrow a page from the float-tripper’s book by launching at one access point and taking out at another farther downstream, to hit larger stretches of the river. Jim Spencer, Outdoor Life, "Float a River to Find a Turkey Hunting Hotspot," 4 May 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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Time Traveler for farther

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

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26 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Farther.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farther. Accessed 4 Jul. 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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