further

adverb
fur·​ther | \ ˈfər-t͟hər \

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 , 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 \ 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

Given Prince Harry's role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, this new patronage only further suggests that the Sussexes will be focusing attention on the Commonwealth in the months to come. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Officially Announces Her First Royal Patronages," 10 Jan. 2019 Her electric magenta hue is an edgier take on the trend, and Thorne takes it even further with a perfectly matching lipstick. Devon Abelman, Allure, "28 Pretty Pink Hair-Color Ideas to Inspire Your Next Dye Job," 10 Oct. 2018 Continue further along Main street and end your weekend with a stop at the witchy Awareness Shop, New Paltz’s one-stop destination for all things spiritual and metaphysical. Lily Kupets, Vogue, "A Winter Weekend Destination You’ve Likely Overlooked: New Paltz, New York," 28 Dec. 2018 Two weeks before prom, swap your regular toothpaste for a whitening one that removes surface stains and protects your teeth from further yellowing. Seventeen.com Editors, Seventeen, "50 Life-Changing Prom Beauty Tips You Haven't Heard Before," 19 Dec. 2018 Other risk factors may prompt your doctor to suggest blood pressure or cholesterol medications to help further protect your heart. Stacey Colino, Woman's Day, "If You Experienced Pregnancy Complications, Your Heart May Be at Risk," 4 Dec. 2018 One organization, #VoteTogether, is taking the idea a step further and helping people organize actual parties centered around voting, many of which may be held at or near polling places. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How to Actually Get Your Friends to Vote," 31 Oct. 2018 But Big Bang writers took it a step further and had Raj go by Kooth (from his last name, Koothrappali) Bader Ginsburg as a fun play on words. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 25 Oct. 2018 The solution was to expand the team further and include players from around Europe. Pan Pylas, Fox News, "British love affair with Ryder Cup to persist beyond Brexit," 27 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Without a formal show, Pre-Fall is Ghesquière’s opportunity to dig into items that performed well in the recent past and ideas that bear further exploration. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Who Needs a Runway? Nicolas Ghesquière Hires an A-List Power Posse For His Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall Lookbook," 14 Jan. 2019 The scientists looked further to understand the cause of this unusual uterine migration. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Some Unborn Sharks Swim from Uterus to Uterus Inside Their Mom," 7 Jan. 2019 Without further ado, here are 11 incredible midcentury modern homes that came on the market this year. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 11 best midcentury modern homes of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 The suspicion surrounding Archosie (which is their ship name until further notice), began when KJ Apa, who plays Archie, talked to Syfy Wire about Archie's future in the second half of season three. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Fans Think Josie and Archie are Heading for a Romance on "Riverdale" and They Might Be Right," 17 Dec. 2018 The states and their allies want push to stop further leasing and resume a sweeping review of the program’s environmental impacts. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "States ask court to stop Trump from reviving US coal sales," 12 Dec. 2018 The unique formula rehydrates dry eyes, protects from further irritation and supports the natural tear pH level for extraordinary dry eye symptom relief. Good Housekeeping, "Suffering from dry eyes?," 11 Dec. 2018 The cause of Chicklis’s death was not released, pending further investigation. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Westminster man found dead in N.H. was identified by dental records," 14 July 2018 Rescuers faced daunting challenges, from decreasing oxygen levels and fears of further flooding. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "After a Successful Cave Rescue, Thailand's Navy SEALs Will Add Cave-Diving to Their Training," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Former judge Steven Bailey is accused of using his office to further his statewide campaign, improperly accepting gifts and steering business to a firm where his son worked — all in violation of judicial ethics. Don Thompson, The Seattle Times, "California GOP attorney general nominee faces ethics panel," 3 Sep. 2018 Enbridge cited the new U.S. tax law and recent rule changes with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for furthering devaluing the benefits of MLPs. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Enbridge proposes consolidating Houston MLP subsidiaries for $9B," 17 May 2018 The group, which Emma said is largely leaderless and operates horizontally, has been handing out zines and fliers at GDC this week with information on the topic, hoping to further the conversation. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Game developers look to unions to fix the industry’s exploitative workplace culture," 23 Mar. 2018 The shadow edged under the lash line to further its effect, the moment augmented by a swipe of tawny lipstick and an immaculate—and appropriately glowing—complexion. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Cara Delevingne’s All-Gold Glamour Steals the Spotlight at the Toronto Film Festival," 10 Sep. 2018 Trump has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to further ramp up arrests and build more detention centers. Washington Post, "Immigration detention prolonged in Alabama’s ‘black hole’," 5 May 2018 The ceiling of the grotto is equipped with programmable LED light strips to further the artlike effect. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "9 One-Of-A-Kind Backyards," 15 Apr. 2014 Many Democrats saw her as the epitome of the establishment and vowed to support future candidates who would further the party’s socialist awakening. Rebecca Nelson, Marie Claire, "Party Crashers: These Female Candidates Are Shaking Up The Midterms," 2 Nov. 2018 Bellios also points out that as the public conversation about identity grows louder, so does our fluency in fashion as a form of self-presentation, furthering the accessibility of fashion in a museum context. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "A fashion exhibit just became the Met museum’s most popular show ever. Here’s why.," 12 Oct. 2018

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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

: in addition to what has been said

further

verb

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

: to help the progress of (something) : to cause (something) to become more successful or advanced

further

adjective

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

: more distant

further

adverb
fur·​ther | \ ˈfər-t͟hər \

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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