further

adverb
fur·ther | \ˈfər-t͟hər \

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

further

adjective

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

further

verb
furthered; furthering\ˈfərt͟h-riŋ, ˈfər-t͟hə- \

Definition of further (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to help forward : promote

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Other Words from further

Verb

furtherer \ˈfər-t͟hər-ər \ noun

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Verb

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

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 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

For the softest, smoothest, most hydrated lips, look no further than this sweet trio from Fresh. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale Has Meghan Markle's Favorite Beauty Products at a Discount," 13 July 2018 In fact, the playwright goes even further by relegating the defining events of that life mostly to between-scenes interludes. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mary Page Marlowe': Theater Review," 13 July 2018 Handmaid’s Tale opened up the circle of Gilead creators even further as its 2018 run wound down, introducing commander Joseph Lawrence (Bradley Whitford, in his own creepissance). refinery29.com, "The Handmaid’s Tale," 13 July 2018 In my opinion, this is a miracle drug that needs to be evaluated and explored even further. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Six things you might be asking about hemp," 13 July 2018 Her own party had only a small majority in the Parliament, narrowing her space to maneuver even further, and was itself deeply split over the form Brexit should take. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Trump Just Help Stop Brexit?," 13 July 2018 Privatisation could increase already-rampant corruption even further. The Economist, "Is North Korea the next Vietnam? Don’t count on it," 12 July 2018 Nathalie Bevis, 45, is accused of clipping a car on Windward Parkway on June 18 before crashing further down the road, Alpharetta police spokesman Howard Miller told Channel 2 Action News. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "‘She does it all the time’: Kids describe Alpharetta mom’s alleged drunk driving," 11 July 2018 My hair suddenly looked nuts; the line of demarcation had moved further down my scalp, becoming longer and harder to camouflage, and hat season would eventually end. Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The trail will be closed until further notice on the recommendation of Fish and Game, according to Marsh and Alaska State Parks. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Trail closed, traps reset after new bear encounters in area of fatal Eagle River mauling," 11 July 2018 Several thousand have already been flagged for further review. Adiel Kaplan, miamiherald, "Miami grandma targeted as U.S. takes aim at naturalized immigrants with prior offenses," 9 July 2018 Fort/Cass Station will be bypassed this evening until further notice. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, "People Mover resumes service as DTE investigates smoke at utility cover," 7 July 2018 The judge vacated Bevin's entire plan and sent it back to CMS for further review, saying the agency, in approving it, failed to consider its impact on the health coverage of Medicaid enrollees. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Health law advocates ask US officials to reject Bevin's Medicaid cuts," 6 July 2018 Boasberg wrote, sending Kentucky’s proposal back to HHS for further review. NBC News, "Judge bars Kentucky from requiring Medicaid recipients to work," 30 June 2018 The judge sent Kentucky HEALTH back to the commonwealth's Department of Health and Human Services for further review. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Federal judge rejects Ky. rules requiring Medicaid recipients to work," 29 June 2018 The judge, in a 60-page opinion, vacated the Trump administration's approval of Kentucky's plan and sent it back to the federal government for further review. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Federal judge's rejection of Kentucky's Medicaid work requirements threatens Indiana's program," 29 June 2018 As of late last week, nearly 200 have taken the offer up to date, although only a handful — less than a dozen — have been evacuated to the U.S. for further review by neurological experts at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Josh Lederman And Matthew Lee, chicagotribune.com, "Singapore scare highlights U.S. anxiety over mystery injuries," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pruitt, who had considered running for Oklahoma governor before joining the administration, made a point of meeting with GOP activists and addressing large organizations that could help further any future political ambitions. Brady Dennis, Washington Post, "Scott Pruitt steps down as EPA head after ethics, management scandals," 5 July 2018 Ferragamo is furthering its ties with Hollywood by revealing the new face of its handbag collection: actress Virginia Gardner. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ferragamo Names Virginia Gardner New Face of Hollywood-Themed Studio Bag," 5 July 2018 Some experts say that by focusing mainly on getting tough on immigration and crime, the Trump administration is furthering its own broader agenda, but showing a lack of understanding about what fuels MS-13. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Despite Hyper-Aggressive Rhetoric, Trump’s MS-13 Strategy Isn’t Very Comprehensive," 3 July 2018 Likewise, Bottini publishing the medical information furthers the invasion. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Bryan Colangelo Still Face Legal Consequences After Parting Ways With 76ers?," 7 June 2018 By hiring such a high-profile Trump adviser, Pence is also sending a signal that there’s no daylight between him and his boss, despite some media chatter that the PAC could help further his own ambitions if Trump winds up not running again. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Corey Lewandowski joining Pence team, will focus on midterms and then 2020," 14 May 2018 The donation helps carry the momentum of her Coachella set into support for furthering the education of young black students. Brandon T. Harden, Philly.com, "After paying homage to black culture at 'Beychella', Beyoncé donates $100k to HBCUs," 16 Apr. 2018 There's a part of me that's interested in furthering my education. Emily Rome, latimes.com, "André Holland talks about 'Wrinkle,' 'Othello' and the wild 'Moonlight' Oscar night," 9 Mar. 2018 Zooey Deschanel is a lovingly understated vocalist, possessing a casual confidence that leant a sense of optimism to Belle — a handy trait in furthering to articulate Belle's curiosity into the history of her captor. Todd Martens, latimes.com, "Hollywood Bowl's 'Beauty and the Beast' highlights the enduring power of the film's music," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of further

Adverb

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

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for further

Adverb

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

Adjective

see further entry 1

Verb

see further entry 1

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further

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of further

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or at a more distant place or time

: to a greater degree or extent

: in addition to what has been said

further

verb

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

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

further

adjective

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

: more distant

further

adverb
fur·ther | \ˈfər-t͟hər \

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.

further

verb
furthered; furthering

Kids Definition of further (Entry 2 of 3)

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

further

adjective

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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