[fur-th er]
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adverb compar. of far with fur·thest as superl.
  1. at or to a greater distance; farther: I'm too tired to go further.
  2. at or to a more advanced point; to a greater extent: Let's not discuss it further.
  3. in addition; moreover: Further, he should be here any minute.
adjective compar. of far with fur·thest as superl.
  1. more distant or remote; farther: The map shows it to be further than I thought.
  2. more extended: Does this mean a further delay?
  3. additional; more: Further meetings seem pointless.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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 formsfur·ther·er, noun
Can be confusedfarther father further (see usage note at farther)

Usage note

See farther.


  1. at or to a great distance; a long way off; at or to a remote point: We sailed far ahead of the fleet.
  2. at or to a remote or advanced time: We talked far into the night.
  3. at or to a great, advanced, or definite point of progress, or degree: Having come this far, we might as well continue.
  4. much or many: I need far more time. We gained far more advantages.
adjective, far·ther or fur·ther, far·thest or fur·thest.
  1. being at a great distance; remote in time or place: a far country; the far future.
  2. extending to a great distance: the far frontiers of empire.
  3. more distant of the two: the far side.
  1. a far cry (from). cry(def 27).
  2. as far as. as1(def 18).
  3. by far,
    1. by a great deal; very much: too expensive by far.
    2. plainly; obviously: This melon is by far the ripest of the lot.
  4. far and away, by far; undoubtedly: She is far and away the smartest one in the class.
  5. far and wide, to great lengths; over great distances: He traveled far and wide in search of his missing son.Also far and near, near and far.
  6. far be it from me, I do not wish or dare (to interrupt, criticize, etc.): Far be it from me to complain, but it's getting stuffy in here.
  7. far out, Slang.
    1. unconventional; offbeat: His sense of humor is far out.
    2. radical; extreme: political opinions that are far out.
    3. recondite or esoteric: an interest in art that was considered far out.
  8. few and far between. few(def 5).
  9. go far,
    1. to attain success: With so much talent he should go far.
    2. to have a great effect toward; help: The new evidence will go far toward proving the defendant's guilt.
  10. how far, to what distance, extent, or degree: She didn't know how far they had gone in the mathematics text. How far do you think they can be trusted?
  11. on the far side of. side1(def 26).
  12. so far,
    1. up to now: So far, I've had no reply to my request.
    2. up to a certain point or extent: We were able to plan only so far because of various factors beyond our control.
  13. so far so good, succeeding or managing adequately to this point; doing well thus far: The work is difficult, but so far so good.
  14. the far side. side1(def 29).
  15. thus far,
    1. up to the present; up to now: We have met no resistance to our plan thus far.
    2. to a particular degree, point, or extent: When you get thus far in the experiment, consult with the professor.

Origin of far

before 900; Middle English far, fer, Old English feorr; cognate with Old High German ferr, Old Norse fjar, Gothic fairra; akin to German fern far, Latin porrō forward, further
Related formsfar·ness, nouno·ver·far, adverb, adjective
Can be confusedfair far fare

Usage note

See as1, farther.
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Examples from the Web for further

Contemporary Examples of further

Historical Examples of further

  • Further, the native who gave all the information to Mr. Monger was one of our party.

  • But as he was gone out of reach, no further inquiries were made after him.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Kate's anxieties, when she at last hinted them to Malbone, only sent him further into revery.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • For further assets, he possessed one eye and a twisted smile.

    A Night Out

    Edward Peple

  • There was no further mention of the troubles of that card game.

British Dictionary definitions for further


  1. in addition; furthermore
  2. to a greater degree or extent
  3. to or at a more advanced point
  4. to or at a greater distance in time or space; farther
  1. additional; more
  2. more distant or remote in time or space; farther
  1. (tr) to assist the progress of; promote
See also far, furthest
Derived Formsfurtherer, noun

Word Origin for further

Old English furthor; related to Old Frisian further, Old Saxon furthor, Old High German furdar; see forth



adverb farther, further, farthest or furthest
  1. at, to, or from a great distance
  2. at or to a remote timefar in the future
  3. to a considerable degree; very mucha far better plan
  4. as far as
    1. to the degree or extent that
    2. to the distance or place of
    3. informalwith reference to; as for
  5. by far by a considerable margin
  6. far and away by a very great margin
  7. far and wide over great distances; everywhere
  8. far be it from me I would not presume; on no accountfar be it from me to tell you what to do
  9. far gone
    1. in an advanced state of deterioration
    2. informalextremely drunk
  10. go far
    1. to be successful; achieve muchyour son will go far
    2. to be sufficient or last longthe wine didn't go far
  11. go too far to exceed reasonable limits
  12. how far? to what extent, distance, or degree?
  13. in so far as to the degree or extent that
  14. so far
    1. up to the present moment
    2. up to a certain point, extent, degree, etc
  15. so far, so good an expression of satisfaction with progress made
adjective (prenominal)
  1. remote in space or timea far country; in the far past
  2. extending a great distance; long
  3. more distantthe far end of the room
  4. a far cry
    1. a long way
    2. something very different
  5. far from in a degree, state, etc, remote fromhe is far from happy
Derived Formsfarness, noun

Word Origin for far

Old English feorr; related to Old Frisian fīr, Old High German ferro, Latin porro forwards, Greek pera further
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Word Origin and History for further
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 feorr "far, remote, distant, to a great distance, long ago," from Proto-Germanic *ferro (cf. Old Saxon ferr, Old Frisian fer, Old Norse fjarre, Dutch ver, Old High German ferro, German fern, Gothic fairra), from PIE *per- "through, across, beyond" (cf. Sanskrit parah "farther, remote, ulterior," Hittite para "outside of," Greek pera "across, beyond," Latin per "through," Old Irish ire "farther"). Far East "China, Japan, and surrounding regions" is from 1838.

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Idioms and Phrases with further


see without further ado.


In addition to the idioms beginning with far

  • far afield
  • far and away
  • far and near
  • far and wide
  • far be it from one to
  • far cry from, a
  • far from
  • far gone
  • far out

also see:

  • as far as
  • as far as possible
  • as far as that goes
  • by far
  • carry too far
  • few and far between
  • go far
  • go so far as to
  • go too far
  • so far
  • so far so good
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