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 In this cinematic version, the stakes are heightened, the melodrama ratcheted up much further than the haunting and spare tone of the original Washington Post piece. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Addiction drama ‘Four Good Days’ turns away from the ugliness at a crucial moment," 30 Apr. 2021 Nothing could have been further from the meditative experience envisioned by Veronese. Roger Lowenstein, WSJ, "‘Plunder’ Review: Stealing Beauty," 30 Apr. 2021 Rivkees goes further than the CDC — giving the OK for vaccinated Floridians to go without their masks indoors too. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Vaccinated? No need to wear your mask in Florida, indoors or outdoors, Surgeon General says," 30 Apr. 2021 For moms who want a chic bag to pair with their evening dresses, look no further than the INC International Concepts INC Bowah clutch. Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, "The best purse deals to shop for Mother's Day 2021," 29 Apr. 2021 For inspiration, look no further than the spring runways, where flowers sprung up not just on prints, but on model faces as well. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Face Flowers Are the Feel-Good Makeup Trend We Need Right Now," 29 Apr. 2021 The affront goes further than the grandstanding speeches. Armond White, National Review, "The Oscars Introduce Hollywood’s New Party: The Unpleasant Party," 28 Apr. 2021 With vaccinations mounting in the U.S. just in time for warm weather, many will be venturing out further than their backyards for the busy summer travel season. Shannon Mcmahon, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Popular Summer Travel Destinations This Year, According to Flight Data," 27 Apr. 2021 Anyone who wants effective ANC, great sound, good build quality, plus support for LDAC, all at a sensible price, should look no further than the Soundcore’s Life Q35. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "Soundcore’s New Life Q35 Noise Canceling Headphones Offer Incredible Value For Money," 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Green Bay police and the Brown County Sheriff's Office did not immediately release further details. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Wisconsin's Oneida Casino reports active shooter at Green Bay location," 2 May 2021 The senior adviser did not provide any further details to clarify the comment. Lawrence Richard, Washington Examiner, "North Korea warns US of ‘very grave situation’ in response to Biden speech," 2 May 2021 No further details about the arrest were available. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "Granbury mayor arrested on DWI charge, Hood County authorities say," 25 Apr. 2021 For further details, booking, and to view the full spa menu, see its website now. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Here’s the Inside Scoop on the Brand New Spa at the Beverly Hills Hotel," 23 Apr. 2021 Homicide investigators later developed probable cause to arrest Joseph Williams for homicide, but police did not provide further details on the investigation. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. man to face homicide charges following death of 7-month-old boy," 22 Apr. 2021 The sheriff’s office did not release further details, citing an ongoing investigation and the suspect’s age. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "Athens teen charged with manslaughter in infant’s death: Sheriff," 20 Apr. 2021 Chacon said the three weren't shot in a building but didn't give any further details. CBS News, "Manhunt widens in Texas for killer of three in Austin," 19 Apr. 2021 In the next days, a new governmental decree containing further details - including a decision on whether to postpone the national curfew and a timeline for reopenings in the next months - will be approved. Irene Dominioni, Forbes, "Italy Plans Reopenings Starting From End Of April," 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On May 8, 2020, Acting Director of Correctional Programs, Andre Matevousian, issued a memo on home confinement to all wardens within the BOP to further screen inmates for consideration. Walter Pavlo, Forbes, "Congress Weighs In On Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Handling Of COVID-19," 16 Apr. 2021 The project approaches the drama from her perspective, trying to pick apart exactly why Sheela went to such extremes to further the group's radical agenda. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Wild Wild Country‘s Ma Anand Sheela Has A New Story To Tell — Her Own," 14 Apr. 2021 This 53 member guild has managed to stay in touch via monthly Zoom meetings to further their goals of education and community service. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Common Threads Quilt Guild keeps on stitching throughout pandemic: Sun Postings," 9 Mar. 2021 Tools that can further small business success should be welcomed, and open banking may be just such an instrument. Edward Berks, Forbes, "Why Open Banking May Be Key For Small Businesses In The Post-Pandemic Recovery," 20 Apr. 2021 The doctor's medical testimony will further the third of three phases in the prosecution's case against Chauvin. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Prosecution nears end of its case as Derek Chauvin trial enters third week of testimony," 12 Apr. 2021 Gunn remained stoic and meandered to his spot on the free throw line, where Carmel would further its lead again. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "Lawrence North falls short in overtime game decided at the line, loses 51-46 to Carmel," 4 Apr. 2021 For learners that want to buckle down and further their education in a more traditional sense like mathematics, Coursera is a great option. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "We tried the top online learning platforms — here’s how they compare," 1 Apr. 2021 The change would also further distance VW from the diesel emissions scandal that sullied its reputation, harmed the environment, hurt public health and led to penalties of more than $30 billion as well as criminal charges. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Volkswagen poised to change its name to 'Voltswagen' as it invests in electric vehicles," 30 Mar. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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