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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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 Singaporean government has also seized on the trend, giving companies further incentive. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Milk-free Milo and meatless 'pork': Nestlé and other brands bet big on plant-based food in Asia," 7 Apr. 2021 To succeed in e-commerce marketing, marketers should take things one step further by incorporating the omnichannel personalization approach to marketing. Anna Luo, Forbes, "Three Ways Brands Can Pivot Their E-Commerce Marketing Strategy," 6 Apr. 2021 Texas would have much to lose if the sports leagues were to take it a step further. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: Texas Republicans push ahead with voting bills, despite backlash," 6 Apr. 2021 McCullough has taken it a step further, reaching out to head coach Ryan Day about Alston attending the important weekend. Robert Fenbers, cleveland, "4-star 2022 RB Damari Alston eyeing June’s Buckeye Bash 2.0 for long-awaited visit to Columbus: Buckeyes Recruiting Roundup," 5 Apr. 2021 In true mermaid fashion, Washington waded into her pool to get the shot — and her glam team even took the marine theme one step further, giving the star an ornate, crystalline blue manicure. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Kerry Washington Matched Her Mermaid Manicure To Her Swimming Cap," 5 Apr. 2021 Florida has no statewide mask mandate, and crowds of spring break revelers are prompting fears that travelers will further spread the U.K. variant around the nation. Los Angeles Times, "An apparent fourth wave of COVID-19 is centered in the East. Will it hit California?," 4 Apr. 2021 The startup has even gone a step further and helped real restaurants diversify into the ghost kitchen market by creating multiple online identities for them in the delivery service apps. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Travis Kalanick is back at the center of controversy," 2 Apr. 2021 Tallie, as a licensed therapist, decides to take it a step further and break every existing ethical rule to invite Emmett to stay with her temporarily. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "'This Close to Okay' Is a Reminder That It's Alright to Struggle," 1 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Justice Department was aware of Georgia’s voting law, a spokeswoman said on Friday, but provided no further comment. New York Times, "Georgia Law Kicks Off Partisan Battle Over Voting Rights," 26 Mar. 2021 Law firm Pisanelli Bice said in a statement that Matze would not have further comment. Washington Post, "Ousted Parler CEO sues company, alleges stake was taken," 23 Mar. 2021 Foothills Hospital in Boulder was treating one person from the shooting scene but declined further comment, said Rich Sheehan, spokesman for Boulder Community Health, which operates the hospital. BostonGlobe.com, "Police identify ten killed in shooting at Colorado supermarket; suspect identified," 23 Mar. 2021 Foothills Hospital in Boulder was treating one person from the shooting scene but refused further comment, said Rich Sheehan, spokesman for Boulder Community Health, which operates the hospital. Patty Nieberg And Thomas Peipert, chicagotribune.com, "Colorado reels from another mass shooting as attack at Boulder supermarket kills 10 people," 23 Mar. 2021 Foothills Hospital in Boulder was treating one person from the shooting scene but refused further comment, said Rich Sheehan, spokesman for Boulder Community Health, which operates the hospital. Patty Nieberg And Thomas Peipert, The Christian Science Monitor, "'We will secure justice.' Colorado reels from mass shooting.," 23 Mar. 2021 Foothills Hospital in Boulder was treating one person from the shooting scene but refused further comment, said Rich Sheehan, spokesman for Boulder Community Health, which operates the hospital. Patty Nieberg And Thomas Peipert, Chron, "Colorado shooting leaves 10 dead in latest mass tragedy," 23 Mar. 2021 Simply reducing the number of private wells in operation near the ash pond is far cheaper than installing a liner that would prevent further spread of contaminants. Max Blau, ProPublica, "The Coal Plant Next Door," 22 Mar. 2021 These factors could increase the potential for further spread, shifting the mosquito’s threat from regional to statewide. Chris Perkins, sun-sentinel.com, "South Florida’s latest unwelcome visitor is an invasive mosquito that has established a foothold in Broward," 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Scholarship offered: The Brunswick Rotary Foundation will be giving four $1,000 scholarships this year to high school seniors to further their education either in college or in a trade school. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Is it just coincidence or something mysterious? Whit & Whimsey," 26 Mar. 2021 Those scholarships help women in brewing attend seminars, classes, certifications and tours to further their education, according to the society. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, "To mark International Women’s Day, female brewery owners collaborate on a beer highlighting ‘Her’," 8 Mar. 2021 Following certification, students can have the opportunity to further their education in the field. Jessika Harkay, courant.com, "City of Hartford teams up with American Medical Response to offer paid training for residents who want to be EMTs," 26 Feb. 2021 Her parents were immigrants — her mother from India, her father from Jamaica — who came to the United States to further their education. Washington Post, "Presidential election 2020: Meet the candidates," 29 Sep. 2020 The development authorities in Pulaski County and elsewhere received payments that traced back to a Rollins nonprofit called Health Scholarships, which was originally created to provide nurses with grants to further their education. Max Blau, ProPublica, "He Wanted to Fix Rural America’s Broken Nursing Homes. Now, Taxpayers May Be on the Hook for $76 Million.," 22 Sep. 2020 Most worried that having children would only further the effects of overconsumption and overpopulation, exacerbating global heating. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, "Between anger and sadness: How the climate crisis has become a mental health crisis," 14 Mar. 2021 The architect of the curse-busting Red Sox and Cubs can further his legacy by helping baseball regain its mojo, keeping the traditions that work and letting go of the rest. Mike Bass, The Enquirer, "Mike Bass column: Hate MLB's changes? You ain't seen nothing yet ... I hope.," 4 Mar. 2021 Similarly, some analysts have said that remote work could further the racial divide. Roger David, Forbes, "Flexibility: Every Corporation’s Most Important Strength During The Pandemic," 1 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'further.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Further.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/further. Accessed 11 Apr. 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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