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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Verb

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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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 Despite oil prices more than doubling since the trough of early 2016, energy’s weight in the S&P 500 Index has actually slipped further, from more than 6% then to an all-time low of about 4.8% today. Washington Post, "Even Boone Pickens Is Falling Out of Love With Oil," 18 Sep. 2019 And last week, Reuters said the figure had shrunken further, to the $10 billion-to-$12 billion range. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Why a Postponed WeWork IPO Wouldn’t Be Bad News for the IPO Market," 17 Sep. 2019 Look no further than Mission Bay, where the annual San Diego Bayfair kicks off three days of boat racing on Friday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "11 things to do this weekend: KAABOO Del Mar, Hispanic Heritage Month, Santee Bluegrass Festival and more," 13 Sep. 2019 But some scientists are looking even further into the future, with novel technologies. Andrew Blum, Time, "The Tech Innovations We Need to Happen if We're Going to Survive Climate Change," 12 Sep. 2019 What’s more, as soon as the Premier League transfer window closed on 8 August and United could no longer replace departing players, the shutters went down even further. SI.com, "Paul Pogba: Report Claiming Man Utd Star Nearly Joined PSG This Summer Is Littered With Red Flags," 12 Sep. 2019 To complicate things further, just like fake products, fake emblems exist. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "How Do $40 Fake AirPods Compare to the Real Thing?," 3 Sep. 2019 The back end of the roster will be tweaked further, as their first spot on the waiver wire allows them to scoop up players who were on the bubble for other teams. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Kliff Kingsbury empathetic as Arizona Cardinals begin grueling process of cutting players," 30 Aug. 2019 Brown refused to elaborate further, citing district-wide policies against commenting on personnel matters. Erin Woo, The Mercury News, "Evergreen Valley College president placed on leave. No one will say why," 30 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Police said hotel staff asked them not to take further action, KMOV reported. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Lil Wayne won't be showing up to his St. Louis concert," 14 Sep. 2019 The charred wreckage of the Conception dive boat was lifted off the ocean floor Thursday as crews worked to bring the vessel to shore for further investigation. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "The wreckage of the Conception dive boat has been lifted off the ocean floor," 13 Sep. 2019 At the time, it was reported that Mac passed away from an apparent drug overdose; a further investigation determined that his death was caused by a fatal combination of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Fans Are Remembering Mac Miller One Year After His Death," 7 Sep. 2019 Vernon and her supervisor, however, decided against any further action. Los Angeles Times, "The horrific death of Anthony Avalos and the many missed chances to save him," 4 Sep. 2019 So far, the major powers in the JCPOA have expressed concern about Tehran's violations and urged the country to return to the limitations set in the agreement but haven't taken further action. Fox News, "Iran still violating terms of 2015 nuclear deal, UN watchdog finds," 31 Aug. 2019 In the measure, which passed 98-8, the House reserved the right to take further disciplinary action if state Rep. Larry Inman does not immediately step down. David Eggert, chicagotribune.com, "Michigan House, by a 98-8 vote, wants Republican lawmaker facing charges in alleged vote-for-campaign-money scheme to resign," 29 Aug. 2019 This petition's goal is to delay further action on the rezoning request until Dec. 31, 2020, which would allow residents time to organize and secure funding to extend the park. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "348 people signed a petition to expand Germantown's Kinderberg Park. But a developer has other ideas for it.," 28 Aug. 2019 The California court is the highest authority on the meaning of the state Constitution, and a ruling in the Republicans’ favor would scuttle the state law without any need for further action in the federal lawsuits. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "How California’s voters may have saved Trump from releasing his taxes," 27 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Perhaps Leonardo’s signature painterly gesture also has its origins, or was furthered by, a response to the complexity of Verrocchio’s sculpture and the curiously opaque expressions of his figures. Washington Post, "The first major U.S. show devoted to the artist who helped forge Leonardo da Vinci’s genius," 12 Sep. 2019 Zynga has recently raised $1.4 billion in cash to further its growth. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Zynga Posts Highest Mobile Revenue in Company's History," 31 July 2019 These isolationist policies are incongruous to the vision of the Columbia Global Centers (CGC) to further a more integrated world. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Top American universities are doubling down on their presence across Africa," 5 July 2019 Amazon is adding an additional 15 aircraft to its shipping fleet in an effort to further speed up delivery to customers' doors. Dallas News, "Amazon is adding planes to its shipping fleet to get your Prime deliveries to you faster," 18 June 2019 Dr Pyne also claimed that these papers seemed to further their authors’ careers. The Economist, "Some science journals that claim to peer review papers do not do so," 21 June 2018 Already on sale for this year's school season at major retailers including Office Depot and OfficeMax, this past weekend's mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, furthered interest in the products. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Bullet-resistant backpacks marketed to back-to-school shoppers," 6 Aug. 2019 Murphy said recently that the incident has only furthered his resolve to work in Baltimore, which has suffered a surge in violent crime since the 2015 unrest following Freddie Gray’s death. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Teen charged in robbery of Baltimore deputy commissioner was on GPS monitoring, court records show," 2 Aug. 2019 The State Department established a new group to examine and define human rights, drawing skepticism from critics who worried the Trump administration was furthering its conservative political agenda. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "Pompeo Creates Commission on Human Rights," 8 July 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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The first known use of further was before the 12th century

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further

adverb
How to pronounce further (audio)

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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