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

Shown on the cusp of a new century, Donatella Versace’s Spring 2000 collection marked a new chapter for the house and the woman who had been thrown into the driver’s seat—and further into the spotlight—when Gianni was killed. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Donatella Versace’s Recipe for Pre-Fall Perfection? Combine Amber Valletta, JLo, and Jim Dine, Remix, Serve Hot," 3 Dec. 2018 The proposal further sparked conversation about who should set up such a trust, how it should be overseen and organized. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Sidewalk Labs’s updated smart city plan aims for ‘people-first public realm’," 30 Nov. 2018 Her many adorable snapshots on social media only further prove her point. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Gaines' Kids 'Fight Over' Baby Crew for the Sweetest Reason," 27 Oct. 2018 As for now, the state has no plans to further explore the site. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Hurricane Michael Unearths Ships Destroyed in 1899 Hurricane," 22 Oct. 2018 That’s a stellar price for a GTX 1080, but don’t expect to be able to push it much further with an overclock because this model packs a modest single-fan, blower-style cooler. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Upgrade your gaming rig with these smoking-hot graphics card deals," 22 Oct. 2018 Sunlight bounces around in these pits, boosting sublimation further in the depths and eventually creating fields of spiky ice towers. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Jupiter Moon Europa's Jagged Ice Towers Could Imperil Robot Landers," 8 Oct. 2018 Look no further than the Spring 2019 runways, where playful hair accessories ran rampant: Miu Miu sent out understated bow headbands, and children and adults alike will be coveting Simone Rocha’s dreamy feather headbands come January. Anny Choi, Vogue, "This Season’s Hero Stocking Stuffer? Hair Accessories!," 14 Nov. 2018 That required further stall protection be implemented to certify the jet as safe. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "U.S. pilots flying 737 MAX weren’t told about new automatic systems change linked to Lion Air crash," 13 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For further guidance, let the experts at Remote Lands—one of our go-to Vietnam specialists—tailor the perfect itinerary. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Take Your Vietnam Trip to the Next Level," 20 Nov. 2018 Without further ado, find seven exfoliating products for your feet recommended by dermatologists and Allure editors. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The 7 Best Foot Peels and Scrubs to Exfoliate Rough, Calloused Feet," 10 Sep. 2018 This impressive backyard shed in Seattle is further proof of the trend. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This modern backyard reading retreat is a dream," 22 Aug. 2018 Sponsor further reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process. Woman's Day, "Fitbit Sweepstakes," 1 Aug. 2018 Netflix’s win was further proof of its increasing dominance in television. Meg James, latimes.com, "Netflix nudges past HBO to top Emmy nominations list with 112," 12 July 2018 The article goes on to explain that candidates who have agreed to job interviews fail to show up without any notice or further communication and, in some cases, accept jobs only to not appear for their first day of work. CBS News, "The job market is apparently so hot people are ghosting potential employers," 11 July 2018 That means further work is required to safeguard vulnerable systems. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Spectre, Meltdown researchers unveil 7 more speculative execution attacks," 14 Nov. 2018 Burgess wrote, while acknowledging there are some parts of the contract that need further work. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Looming Seattle City Council vote on police labor contract generates political friction right down to the wire," 13 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Long after the war, Miller continued to organize that research year after year, furthering our understanding of temperate coastal glacier changes. Scott Yorko, Popular Mechanics, "Back to Alaska: How a Legendary Glacier Adventure Almost Died When the World Needed It Most," 12 Sep. 2018 The real damage to the White House is that the newest Throat furthers the Bob Woodward narrative, in a book filled with senior officials disparaging Trump, slow-walking his orders and stealing papers off his desk. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Why Deep State Throat hurt his own cause by trashing Trump in the Times," 7 Sep. 2018 Under artistic director Bill Rauch, the Tony Award-winning festival has furthered its commitment to new plays, diverse casts and crews, and plays by women. OregonLive.com, "Here's your guide to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2018 season," 17 Feb. 2018 But the scene plays a much bigger role (albeit a covert one) that helps not only in furthering the plot, but driving home the overall message of the film. Andrea Cheng, Glamour, "The Best Part of the Crazy Rich Asians Fashion Is the Revival of the Getting-Dressed Montage," 17 Aug. 2018 According to experts, the flurry of activities surrounding Marx's anniversary wasn't really about furthering the philosopher's goal of toppling capitalism through workers' revolutions -- or the abolition of private property. Steven Jiang, CNN, "At the height of his power, China's Xi Jinping moves to embrace Marxism," 17 May 2018 Palo Alto City Council members, for instance, passed their version of an car idling ordinance last summer to further their goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years, The Mercury News reported. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "A Sacramento man was arrested after he left his car idling. That's a law? | The Sacramento Bee," 14 May 2018 This has played out in liberal discourse, with influential figures like The New Yorker's Jelani Cobb, Trevor Noah of The Daily Show, and Noam Chomsky sharply criticizing Antifa for furthering their opponents' political goals. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "How Free Speech Warriors Mainstreamed White Supremacists," 8 May 2018 Flattened, rigid applications of the notion of the male gaze have done more to damage our understanding of how movies work than to further it. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Could Ocean’s 8 Mark the Return of the Great Glam Caper?," 3 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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