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



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


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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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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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


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 family did not wish to comment further Thursday. NBC News, 3 Dec. 2021 And yet most of the conservative justices seemed to want to go much further. Mary Ziegler, CNN, 2 Dec. 2021 In other words, opinion-shaping elites are much further to the left than the party’s voters. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 29 Nov. 2021 The pharmaceutical industry is bracing for the most significant expansion of government regulation of drug prices in decades despite success in watering down proposals from congressional Democrats that would have gone much further. Joseph Walker, WSJ, 25 Nov. 2021 The Police Department on Wednesday declined to comment further on either case, saying the investigations were ongoing. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Nov. 2021 How much further down can the hordes from Delancey Street go? Kevin Lozano, Vulture, 20 Nov. 2021 Nye said the office would not advise any agency to violate state law but hesitated to comment further on a law that might be challenged in court. Tess Vrbin, Arkansas Online, 20 Nov. 2021 The sheriff’s office declined to comment further on the matter. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Officials have not released further information regarding what caused Martin's death. Salma Reyes, The Arizona Republic, 4 Dec. 2021 If violations of flight rules are found, McGee will then have to decide on further action. Barbara Starr, CNN, 2 Dec. 2021 For further information, or to register for the December meeting, visit www.avonctlibrary.info or call 860-673-9712. courant.com, 2 Dec. 2021 The district declined comment following the judge’s order, saying the board would be reviewing the decision before deciding on further action. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Dec. 2021 Without further legislative action, the money would be swept into the state's long-term reserve fund, according to the governor's office. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 1 Dec. 2021 Ilan Sinelnikov, the president of Students Supporting Israel told Fox News that the statement is a step in the right direction, but further action is necessary. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 30 Nov. 2021 Coronado Unified School Board members voted Tuesday to take no further action to challenge the California Interscholastic Federation decision that revoked its high school’s basketball championship title. Lauryn Schroeder, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Nov. 2021 The complaint filed last month asks for a judge to issue a declaratory judgment and an injunction to prevent further action in changing the use prior to a vote of property owners. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, 27 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Today the company, which is officially headquartered in New York, announced that is has raised $25 million in venture capital funding to further its growth. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 30 Nov. 2021 Louis Barrios forgave his mother’s killer and founded the nonprofit to further her legacy of goodwill to others. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Nov. 2021 Nemec and his team also were sensitive to instances in the anime where women, including Faye and Julia, were essentially reduced to dramatic devices to further the story of the male characters. Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2021 Proceeds from Thursday’s sale will benefit a foundation established by Goldman’s widow, Dorothy Tapper Goldman, to further the understanding of constitutional principles. Karen Matthews, chicagotribune.com, 19 Nov. 2021 The quaint ideal of suiting up for a neighborhood school has given way as some players make hourslong commutes to further their football ambitions. New York Times, 14 Nov. 2021 Each year five scientists, activists, and organizations around the world will be awarded prizes of $1.3 million to further their environmental efforts. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 14 Nov. 2021 However, during the Trump Administration, many members of Congress were extremely skeptical of increasing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget for fear that funds may be used to further Donald Trump’s harmful border policies. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Nov. 2021 That oath does not permit them to use their official position to override the law to further their personal beliefs — religious or otherwise. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of further


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/further. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of further

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or at a more distant place or time : farther
: to a greater degree or extent
: in addition to what has been said : furthermore



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

: more distant : farther



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


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.


furthered; furthering

Kids Definition of further (Entry 2 of 3)

: to help forward : promote Training will further your career.



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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