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[fur-th er] /ˈfɜr ðər/
adverb, compar. of far with furthest as superl.
at or to a greater distance; farther:
I'm too tired to go further.
at or to a more advanced point; to a greater extent:
Let's not discuss it further.
in addition; moreover:
Further, he should be here any minute.
adjective, compar. of far with furthest as superl.
more distant or remote; farther:
The map shows it to be further than I thought.
more extended:
Does this mean a further delay?
additional; more:
Further meetings seem pointless.
verb (used with object)
to help forward (a work, undertaking, cause, etc.); promote; advance; forward:
You can always count on him to further his own interests.
Origin of further
before 900; Middle English furthere, Old English furthra; cognate with German vordere more advanced
Related forms
furtherer, noun
Can be confused
farther, father, further (see usage note at farther)
Usage note
See farther. Unabridged
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  • We worship the Wise One who formed and furthered the spirit of the earth.

    Archaic England Harold Bayley
  • Because of their limitations, however, their effectiveness can be furthered by interpretation.

    The Gate of Appreciation Carleton Noyes
  • In this manner, at least, the phantom road agent had furthered the ends of justice.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • This resemblance was furthered by the fact that the man's profile was birdlike.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • He is of the opinion that the public welfare would be furthered if the National Government assumed the sole control of railroads.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • Ffor we have found by experience that they have hindered, not furthered the worke.

  • How much he furthered my reputation, privately, publicly, and even with the Chief of the State!

    A Letter Book George Saintsbury
British Dictionary definitions for furthered


in addition; furthermore
to a greater degree or extent
to or at a more advanced point
to or at a greater distance in time or space; farther
additional; more
more distant or remote in time or space; farther
(transitive) to assist the progress of; promote
See also far, furthest
Derived Forms
furtherer, noun
Word Origin
Old English furthor; related to Old Frisian further, Old Saxon furthor, Old High German furdar; see forth
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Word Origin and History for furthered


adv., adj.

Old English furðor (adv.), furðra (adj.), etymologically representing either "forth-er" or "fore-ther." The former would be from furðum (see forth) + comparative suffix *-eron-, *-uron- (cf. inner, outer).

Alternative etymology traces it to Proto-Germanic *furþeron-, from PIE *pr-tero, (cf. Greek proteros "former"), from root of fore + comparative suffix also found in after, other. Senses of "in addition, to a greater extent" are later metaphoric developments.


Old English (ge)fyrðan "further, impel;" see further (adj.). Cf. Middle Low German vorderen, Old High German furdiran, German fördern. Related: Furthered; furthering.



Old English (ge)fyrðan "further, impel;" see further (adj.). Cf. Middle Low German vorderen, Old High German furdiran, German fördern. Related: Furthered; furthering.

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