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 furthering (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 furtherer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for further

Synonyms: Adverb

beyond, farther, yon, yonder

Synonyms: Adjective

added, additional, another, else, farther, fresh, more, other

Synonyms: Verb

advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, incubate, nourish, nurse, nurture, promote

Antonyms: Verb

discourage, frustrate, hinder, inhibit

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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

John Reed said 20 were safely evacuated from the ship before rescuers determined the situation, as smoke and flames appeared, was too risky to go further inside the vessel. Fox News, "Rescue crews search for crew members aboard overturned cargo ship, concerns about stability," 9 Sep. 2019 John Reed said 20 were safely evacuated from the ship before rescuers determined the situation, as smoke and flames appeared, was too risky to go further inside the vessel. baltimoresun.com, "Search on for four missing crew members after Baltimore-bound cargo ship overturns off Georgia coast," 9 Sep. 2019 Coast Guard Captain John Reed said 20 were safely evacuated from the ship before rescuers determined the situation, as smoke and flames appeared, was too risky to go further inside the vessel. CBS News, "At least 4 missing after cargo ship overturns and catches fire near Georgia port," 8 Sep. 2019 The family’s connections with the Malones went further than that. USA Today, "Trapped and trafficked: Officials in small Ohio town accused of sex trafficking underage girls," 5 Sep. 2019 The current head of the regime, Nicolás Maduro, has gone further. The Economist, "Will Colombia return to war?," 5 Sep. 2019 Digging in further, the research team compared the past to the present. Riley Black, Smithsonian, "Special Skull Windows Helped Dinosaur Brains Keep Cool," 4 Sep. 2019 Northern Ireland will want to continue their winning run, increasing their confidence further going into next week’s vital Euro 2020 Qualifying match against Germany. SI.com, "Northern Ireland vs Luxembourg: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Steam, Kick Off Time & Team News," 4 Sep. 2019 Thomas Reimers, a criminal investigator in Clayton County, told reporters that further digging led to more clues, including witness accounts, that all traced back to Bowen. Michael Brice-saddler, Washington Post, "Police spent years looking for a serial rapist. Now they say the suspect once tried to join the force.," 3 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Her office has also faced pressure to investigate if Apple is unfairly using its app store to harm competition, and to initiate further inquiry of Google. New York Times, "E.U.’s New Digital Czar: ‘Most Powerful Regulator of Big Tech on the Planet’," 10 Sep. 2019 Officials said in order to protect the integrity of their homicide investigation, not further information is being released at this time. Fox News, "Remains of missing California mother of 3 discovered, husband arrested, sheriff's office says," 9 Sep. 2019 After a review of the allegations was completed in November that year, City Council members voted 4-3 to uphold a grievance against him, but without further discipline. David Clarey, Twin Cities, "Report: Hastings fire chief’s resignation preceded by improper use of firetruck," 6 Sep. 2019 The campaign will refrain from further public comment until this matter is concluded. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland.com, "Authorities investigating money missing from Ohio Congressman Steve Chabot’s campaign," 4 Sep. 2019 For further information or arrangements to obtain tickets, please call the post at 410-756-6866 or Frank Rauschenberg at 410-756-5444. Gabrielle Copeland Schoeffield, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "West Carroll: ‘One More Round for George’ golf tournament to benefit history museum; ‘Pumpkin People’ coming to Taneytown," 2 Sep. 2019 The Arizona Republic reached out to Gallego's communications office to ask whether his question stood even though Native Americans were involved in the production of the campaign, but had not received further comment by Friday afternoon. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "Dior ad for 'Sauvage' perfume featuring Native American dancer, Johnny Depp draws criticism," 30 Aug. 2019 CBS News has reached out to Discord for further comment. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Hackers tweet racial slurs from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account," 30 Aug. 2019 Pars didn't respond to a request for further comment. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "In Greenland, Trump’s Unsolicited Interest Is Raising Hopes for a Tourism Boom," 23 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Head coach Bruce Arians has arrived to further his development, and Winston has all sorts of pass-catching weapons at his disposal, plus a terrible-looking defense to force him to stay aggressive. Des Bieler, chicagotribune.com, "The top fantasy football quarterbacks to draft in 2019," 5 Aug. 2019 But, in all of those places, there’s some recognition that kids should be held in a way that is consistent with furthering their development. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How Detained Children Are Treated Around the World," 10 July 2019 More: Kyle Guy is proving himself all over again and charging full-speed ahead into the NBA Draft On Guy: A key piece of Virginia’s title-winning team, Guy turned pro in hopes of furthering his development. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "NBA Draft 2019: Pacers could show free agency plan with No. 18 draft pick," 6 June 2019 Contributions toward creating rules for agricultural community events such as harvest festivals and wine lectures were made at an Aug. 14 workshop by about 50 people interested in furthering their agri-tourism activities. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "County collects ideas for boosting agri-tourism," 21 Aug. 2019 Homeless advocates accuse those in charge of using the crisis to further their own political aspirations and manipulating an environment that allows them to dodge accountability. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "LA residents fed up with officials, demand change after homeless crisis spirals in city," 20 Aug. 2019 SupMatto says he’s seen how online communities, many with disparate motives, have latched onto his story and used it to further online crusades against 2K, Gearbox, and others. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "2K Games defends ‘necessary actions’ against YouTuber who shared Borderlands 3 leaks," 7 Aug. 2019 The school is also using part of the funds to further the school’s Catholic and religious identity, by expanding on the service aspect of the faith, Cashman said. Abigail Brone, courant.com, "Northwest Catholic High School receives $1 million donation from local foundation," 23 July 2019 Aguano's success and ties in the local area are expected to go a long way in furthering the Sun Devils recruiting efforts in the Valley, much the way Antonio Pierce has impacted ASU's presence in Southern California. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "ASU scouting report: RB Eno Benjamin looking to build on sensational sophomore campaign," 11 Mar. 2019

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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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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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