fur·​ther | \ ˈfər-t͟hər How to pronounce further (audio) \

Definition of further

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : farther sense 1 my ponies are tired, and I have further to go— Thomas Hardy
2 : to a greater degree or extent further annoyed by a second intrusion
3 : in addition : moreover Further, there are aurochs, red deer, wild boar, and large quantities of hare or rabbit.— H. T. Waterbolk



Definition of further (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : farther sense 1 rode … across the valley and up the further slopes— T. E. Lawrence
2 : going or extending beyond : additional further volumes further education


furthered; furthering\ ˈfərt͟h-​riŋ How to pronounce further (audio) , ˈfər-​t͟hə-​ \

Definition of further (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to help forward : promote

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furtherer \ ˈfər-​t͟hər-​ər How to pronounce further (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for further

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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advance, promote, forward, further mean to help (someone or something) to move ahead. advance stresses effective assisting in hastening a process or bringing about a desired end. advance the cause of peace promote suggests an encouraging or fostering and may denote an increase in status or rank. a campaign to promote better health forward implies an impetus forcing something ahead. a wage increase would forward productivity further suggests a removing of obstacles in the way of a desired advance. used the marriage to further his career

Farther vs. Further: Usage Guide


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 further in a Sentence

Adverb The town, such as it is, is one of those Northwest places that look like the outskirts of somewhere bigger, further down the road, but turn out to be all there is. — Jonathan Raban, New York Review of Books, 26 Mar. 2009 The Russian artillery fire and bombs are reaching further into the southern sections of the city … — Alessandra Stanley, New York Times, 17 Jan. 1995 … her example gave me courage to develop my own voice further. — Rita Dove, Essence, May 1995 We need to look back further into the past to find the cause of these problems. I've never been further west than St. Louis. Their house is further up the street. We need to research further into this matter. The police have been reluctant to take their investigation any further. “They are not our friends.” “I would go even further and say they are our enemies.” I had enough money to invest. I realized, further, that the risk was small. Adjective He will undergo further questioning. If you need further information you can call me. We do not expect any further deliveries today. I have nothing further to say. There is a further problem: do we have enough money? We parked in the further lot. There is more damage to the further part of the fence. Verb Their efforts greatly furthered the state of research. The funds are to be used to further the public good.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb After pointing out that the government provided limited assessments of more than 800 interrogation sessions, the defense further pressed the government's secrecy. Shannon K. Crawford, John Parkinson, ABC News, 10 Sep. 2021 Their observations may later become fodder for possible legal challenges — which can further fuel conspiracies regardless of how courts rule. Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 Even those who favor Biden’s decision as a way to stop the coronavirus from spreading further are afraid that vaccination-averse workers will leave, or job seekers won’t apply for their openings. Tom Krisher And Barbara Ortutay, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2021 However, the United Nations has warned the Taliban's takeover could further slow the country's COVID-19 response due to a drop in vaccinations. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 This has put pressure on the companies to further increase production. Matthew Herper, STAT, 10 Sep. 2021 The Biden administration's broad prevention measures announced Thursday expand vaccine mandates further, affecting roughly 100 million Americans and shining a new light on exemption claims and how employers can verify their legitimacy. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 10 Sep. 2021 And, after a month on a road, the Timbers will want to generate some home cooking, build on recent positive results and put that performance even further in the rearview mirror. Portland Timbers And Thorns Fc, oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2021 When Biden reaffirmed his commitment to the deal in April 2021, morale decayed further and simultaneously emboldened the Taliban just as the fighting season began. Ethan Barton, Fox News, 10 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Several areas around the Capitol that previously allowed for permits are closed to groups larger than 19 people until further notice, according to the Capitol Police. Katelyn Polantz, Cnn Reporter, CNN, 9 Sep. 2021 The South Carolina State Supreme Court issued the order to suspend the 53-year-old Murdaugh’s law license until further notice after receiving a request from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, according to a court document. Griff Jenkins, Fox News, 8 Sep. 2021 The fact that Drew McIntyre is in a math to become No. 1 Contender for the United States Championship solidifies him as Midcard McIntyre until further notice. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 The Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association will host monthly Zoom meetings until further notice. Arkansas Online, 6 Sep. 2021 Melvindale-Northern Allen Park schools will not be providing transportation to the general student population until further notice, the district announced Thursday in a message to families. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 4 Sep. 2021 Evacuees have been asked not to return to New Orleans until further notice. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 3 Sep. 2021 Both orders will take effect Tuesday, after the Labor Day holiday, and will remain in effect until further notice, officials said in a statement. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Sep. 2021 State parks in the Tahoe Basin closed: All state parks in the Tahoe Basin are now closed until further notice due to the Caldor Fire, the state’s Department of Parks and Recreation announcedWednesday on Twitter. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The disclosure that there is no formal write-up of the investigation is likely to further inflame matters. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, 7 Sep. 2021 Walmart is stepping up big for employees who hope to further their education. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 9 Aug. 2021 Doncic can further his case as the best player in the men’s tournament, averaging a Games-high 36.5 points, in a matchup of undefeated teams. Jon Schultz, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Aug. 2021 In conjunction with a robust social media presence, publishing a blog on your website will further your brand’s identity. Gareth Parkin, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Any aftershocks will further the damage since buildings could be already structurally compromised from the initial quake. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 1 May 2021 As his team continues to experiment on their plasma, their ability to add complexity to its structure and make precise measurements will further the fundamental understanding of this state of matter. Karmela Padavic-callaghan, Wired, 17 Mar. 2021 But to her, if something is sold, that money should be used to further the family’s cause, not to buy another watch. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 16 Aug. 2021 Part of this order created a government-wide Justice40 Initiative with the goal of delivering 40% of federal investments to disadvantaged communities in an effort to further environmental justice efforts. Morgan Simon, Forbes, 10 June 2021

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First Known Use of further


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for further

Adverb, Adjective, and Verb

Middle English, from Old English furthor (akin to Old High German furthar further), comparative, from the base of Old English forth forth

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The first known use of further was before the 12th century

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“Further.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/further. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of further

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or at a more distant place or time : farther
: to a greater degree or extent
: in addition to what has been said : furthermore



English Language Learners Definition of further (Entry 2 of 3)

: more distant : farther



English Language Learners Definition of further (Entry 3 of 3)

: to help the progress of (something) : to cause (something) to become more successful or advanced


fur·​ther | \ ˈfər-t͟hər How to pronounce further (audio) \

Kids Definition of further

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : farther entry 1 sense 1 We walked further into the forest.
2 : besides entry 2, also I understand further that it is not your fault.
3 : to a greater degree or extent Her anger increased further.


furthered; furthering

Kids Definition of further (Entry 2 of 3)

: to help forward : promote Training will further your career.



Kids Definition of further (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : farther entry 2 Our property extends to the further tree.
2 : going or extending beyond : additional further study

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