further

adverb
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

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 How to pronounce further (audio) , 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 How to pronounce further (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for further

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 The Senate’s parliamentarian could further complicate things with a ruling that the minimum wage measure can’t be included in the pandemic bill. Alexandra Jaffe, BostonGlobe.com, "Activists worry about Biden’s commitment to a higher minimum wage," 15 Feb. 2021 The Schenas make up two-thirds of the board, according to company filings, further complicating the issue. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wife settles, husband still faces charges on allegations of coronavirus-testing fraud," 11 Feb. 2021 The Greeks’ mythology described the pure air that the gods breathed in the heavens as opposed to the normal air breathed by mortals on Earth, and went further than that. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was," 10 Feb. 2021 Look no further than Oklahoma for how National Signing Day has changed – and why next season’s Big 12 football race is likely to stay the same. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "How Oklahoma capitalized on turmoil at Tennessee to solidify its place as the Big 12 favorite in 2021," 10 Feb. 2021 Complicating evaluations further: Training camps were condensed, practice time and pregame shootarounds are scarce, and off-court bonding opportunities are drastically reduced. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Anthony Davis Is the Teammate LeBron James Has Been Waiting For," 3 Feb. 2021 But opponents of the change point out that differentiating between marijuana and hemp flower is difficult for law enforcement officers, and decriminalizing hemp flower could further complicate marijuana regulation. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "More than 75 bills are related to the environment this session. Here are ones we’re following.," 2 Feb. 2021 In any event, the sheer contagiousness of the new version means that the death toll is almost certain to rise further and faster. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, "Biden’s Pandemic Plan Might Just Work," 27 Jan. 2021 The staff on hand Saturday included only a manager, bartender and bar back, further complicating efforts to minimize the crowd, the statement said. Katelyn Umholtz, NOLA.com, "Monkey Hill Bar reportedly under fire after maskless crowd photo circulates in New Orleans," 25 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective State police said the crash remains under investigation and there is no further information at this time. Chad Calder | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Two killed in Marrero Saturday night after being hit by vehicle after accident," 7 Feb. 2021 The Chronicle has reached out to Des Jardins and The Presidio Trust for further information. Serena Dai, San Francisco Chronicle, "Acclaimed chef Traci Des Jardins' two Presidio restaurants, the Commissary and Arguello, are officially closed," 2 Feb. 2021 It has been revealed that Adam Leon (Gimme the Loot, Tramps) will direct, based on a script from playwright Gabriel Neustadt, but further information about the cast and crew has yet to be announced. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Samara Weaving to Star in Liz as 19th Century Celebrity Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte," 26 Jan. 2021 The department has not yet released further information on the cause of the fire. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Hutchins BBQ in McKinney aiming for April reopening after New Year’s Eve fire," 20 Jan. 2021 The incident is under investigation, the Division of Military and Naval Affairs said, adding no further information was immediately available. Amir Vera, Rob Frehse And Carolyn Sung, CNN, "3 National Guard soldiers killed in helicopter crash in New York state," 20 Jan. 2021 The department did not immediately respond to requests for further information Sunday evening. Michael Williams, SFChronicle.com, "California calls for pause in use of huge batch of Moderna vaccines after allergic reactions," 17 Jan. 2021 For further information, people can call the treasurer's office at 313-224-5990 or e-mail wctopaymentplans@waynecounty.com. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, "Wayne County to resume foreclosure process this year, offers new assistance program," 16 Feb. 2021 No further information was available Monday afternoon, an LAPD spokesman said. Kim Christensen And Kevin Rector Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune, "Los Angeles DA, George Floyd's family denounce LAPD mock-valentine photo," 15 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Anthony Mixon of Detroit was a business owner, city employee and avid learner who encouraged others to further their education. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit business owner and city employee dies of COVID-19 complications," 15 Nov. 2020 The suit also alleges that Google and Facebook conspired to further their dominance with a secret agreement, referring to a suit filed by 10 Republican attorneys general in December. Tali Arbel, ajc, "West Virginia newspaper publisher sues Google, Facebook," 29 Jan. 2021 To further their own agenda, these politicians preferred to breathe life into the treacherous myth that the election was compromised by massive voter fraud. Phillip Halpern, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: 2020 is the year our democracy died," 30 Dec. 2020 The two White Belt courses that follow offer a primer to assist you in understanding Lean Six Sigma processes and further your potential. Rl Theriot, Chron, "Get a great deal on this high-level project management training bundle," 23 Dec. 2020 China has made a bold bid to improve its scientific credentials and further its global reach by engaging in vaccine diplomacy, linking the pandemic fight with other efforts to expand its political and economic ties. Washington Post, "Chinese and Russian vaccines remain unproven — but desperate countries plan to use them anyway," 19 Dec. 2020 To make matters worse, vigorous tugging on the string will only further damage the bulbs. David Kender, USA TODAY, "Here's how to fix your broken Christmas lights," 11 Dec. 2020 To further the conversation, a diverse group of Collin County leaders shared how to collaborate for a more inclusive community. Dallas News, "Equity through action: the Collin County Business Alliance takes a stand for social justice," 9 Nov. 2020 Studying how spiders and other small animals are able to see and hear can further new discoveries and nanotechnology applications, the researchers argued. Francesca Giuliani-hoffman, CNN, "These spiders lack ears. But they can hear you, study says," 29 Oct. 2020

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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, 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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21 Feb 2021

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“Further.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/further. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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
formal : in addition to what has been said

further

adjective

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

: more distant

further

verb

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

further

adverb
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.

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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