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[ fur-ther ]


  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.


  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. 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.


/ ˈfɜːðə /


  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

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Confusables Note

See farther.

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Derived Forms

  • ˈfurtherer, noun

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Other Words From

  • further·er noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of further1

First recorded before 900; Middle English furthere, Old English furthra; cognate with German vordere “more advanced”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of further1

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

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Idioms and Phrases

see without further ado .

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Example Sentences

Also, she was tall and thin, too, further adding to the ways she met the physical beauty conventions.

Her post-crown fame, though, only further begs the question: Why has there not been another Jewish Miss America since 1945?

In Uganda, legislators are considering further criminalization of LGBT advocacy and same-sex relationships.

Further, there are maintenance crews who have to fix those drones.

After that speech, many of the students gathered around to talk further.

Off went the officers again, some distance to the front, and then back again to their men, and got them on a little further.

The improvement of transport still further swelled the volume of production.

Harry had no further adventures in reaching Fulton, and at once reported to Captain Duffield, who was in command of the post.

He, therefore, did as he said; made no further observation, but conducted himself to his young friend with grave distance.

As the next verse is the last you needn't trouble yourself to make any further observations.


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Further Vs. Farther

What’s the difference between further and farther?

Further commonly means to a greater figurative distance, as in Nothing could be further from the truth, or to a greater extent, as in Let’s discuss this further. It can also mean at or to a greater literal distance. This is what farther most commonly means, as in a few steps farther or two miles farther or We’re moving even farther away. 

The traditional distinction is that farther is used for literal distances and that further should be used for figurative distances or metaphorical extents, though in everyday communication, they are often used interchangeably, with further being often used for literal distances and farther being used to mean at a more advanced point or to a great extent.

However, further is used in a few ways that farther is not. Further can be used as a verb meaning to advance something, such as an agenda or cause, as in This will help to further our cause. As an adjective, further can mean more extended, as in further delays, or additional, as in We will hold further meetings. It can also be used in the beginning of a sentence or clause to mean the same thing as furthermore, in addition, or moreover, as in I don’t like ice cream. Further, I don’t like pistachios. So why would you buy me pistachio ice cream? 

You can remember that farther is typically used for literal distance by remembering that it’s the comparative form of the adjective far, with the superlative form being farthest.

Here’s an example of further and farther used correctly in the same sentence.

Example: I have to drive farther than usual for work today—I’ll explain further when I get home.

Want to learn more? Go the distance by reading the full breakdown of the difference between further and farther.

Quiz yourself on further vs. farther!

Should further or farther be used in the following sentence?

They are doing this simply to _____ their agenda.

Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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