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 furthering (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 furtherer (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 Sinozam treats many Chinese in Kitwe and its precautions go further than other hospitals in the area. NBC News, "'We're definitely not prepared': Africa braces for coronavirus," 11 Feb. 2020 The department’s new rules would go further, adding definitions for domestic violence, dating violence and stalking as misconduct that universities must tackle or risk federal investigations and a loss of funding. New York Times, "New Campus Sexual Misconduct Rules Will Tackle Dating Violence," 10 Feb. 2020 The department’s new rules would go further, adding definitions for domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as misconduct that universities must tackle or risk federal investigations and a loss of funding. Erica L. Green, BostonGlobe.com, "New campus sexual misconduct rules will tackle dating violence," 10 Feb. 2020 But other facilities have gone much further: The Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia, which Bexar County officials toured last year, offers all three forms of medications in addition to therapy. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "County plans to offer inmates in San Antonio new treatment option to fight deadly opioid epidemic," 10 Feb. 2020 Authorities in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang went even further. James Griffiths, CNN, "China's massive security state is being used to crack down on the Wuhan virus," 10 Feb. 2020 But Tesla went even further, rethinking details large and small. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "Porsche Taycan Turbo S vs. Tesla Model S Performance: Electric Flattery," 7 Feb. 2020 His executive order on international family planning went further than any previous president’s. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "Donald Trump’s Pro-Life Presidency," 6 Feb. 2020 Maine Senator Susan Collins went even further to defend her vote for acquittal. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Senate Has Convicted Itself," 5 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On Thursday the gallery was empty, save for a legal assistant taking notes for activist attorneys who might be contemplating further litigation. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "Here’s how Shingle Mountain was born — and why Dallas won’t pay to destroy the 70,000-ton monster," 14 Feb. 2020 Although some of the money raised will go to strengthening the balance sheet—otherwise known as paying off debt—other amounts will likely fund further growth. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "Tesla raises capital two weeks after Elon Musk said it wasn’t needed," 14 Feb. 2020 Hartselle City Schools are closed today due to the issue and residents are asked to conserve water until further notice. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Water service restored to North Alabama city," 13 Feb. 2020 Her son thought this kindness might spare the family further attacks, but a year later the same group attacked the house again, this time killing Peggy and a policeman. The Economist, "Northern Ireland Atonement and forgiveness in Belfast," 13 Feb. 2020 In the end, no serious charges were brought against anyone, because the entire point was to keep people off the streets while Bush and his friends enjoyed their parties, and to dissuade others from attempting any further disruption. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Michael Bloomberg’s Polite Authoritarianism," 13 Feb. 2020 Late last month Amazon filed a motion seeking to halt further contract performance while the Court of Federal Claims evaluates Amazon's claims. Author: Aaron Gregg, Anchorage Daily News, "Court orders Pentagon to halt work on Microsoft cloud contract after Amazon protests," 13 Feb. 2020 Her death was initially ruled due to natural causes but her body was later exhumed for further investigation. Fox News, "Teen's cell phone found in Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell missing children case: report," 13 Feb. 2020 Gabbard is a candidate who many have sparred with, so her more centrist comments that only further cements her as being an anti-establishment Democrat are par for the course. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "In The Final Hour, Tulsi Gabbard Is Still Making Her Case," 12 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Launched in 2015, its first two original docuseries, Making a Murderer and Chef’s Table, not only furthered the service’s early prestige-TV development strategy, but also became hits. Judy Berman, Time, "From Love Is Blind to The Circle, Netflix Is Getting Terrifyingly Good at Reality TV," 12 Feb. 2020 Hollywood, again, furthered the conflation of Islam and terrorism. Washington Post, "Islamophobia in the US did not start with Trump, but his tweets perpetuate a long history of equating Muslims with terrorism," 29 Jan. 2020 In fact, all of the young women and men at ASMS are furthering their education and dreaming big thanks to one woman. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, "First Alabama woman state senator, an education champion, turns 90," 14 Jan. 2020 If new AIs continue to fall into current gender role stereotypes, then the stereotype of the passive and submissive woman versus the knowledgeable leader/expert man will be furthered. Sharone Horowit-hendler, Wired, "Conversational AI Can Propel Social Stereotypes," 14 Jan. 2020 The couples whose performances display their love and devotion to each other will have the opportunity to further their relationship, until only one couple remains. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart," 8 Jan. 2020 In the year of BTS, the act furthered their messaging from exploring self-love to understanding oneself, and fittingly moved on from the Love Yourself trilogy to ruminate on Jungian psychology in the form of Map of the Soul: Persona. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best K-pop Albums of 2019: Critics' Picks," 31 Dec. 2019 In the case of C.K. and others emblematic of the #MeToo movement, victims were women hoping to further their careers, with perpetrators successful men who tried to seduce them with prospects of connections. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Louis C.K. returns to Baltimore this weekend. Some say it’s too soon.," 13 Dec. 2019 Any modernization of the Community Reinvestment Act must further the goal at the heart of the statute — encouraging banks to meet the credit needs of local low- and moderate-income communities. Renae Merle, chicagotribune.com, "Federal regulators propose overhaul of anti-redlining law," 12 Dec. 2019

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Further.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/further. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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
formal : in addition to what has been said



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

: more distant



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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