further

[fur-th er]

adverb compar. of far with fur·thest 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 fur·thest as superl.

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.

Nearby words

  1. furrow,
  2. furrowed tongue,
  3. furry,
  4. furshlugginer,
  5. furth,
  6. further education,
  7. furtherance,
  8. furthermore,
  9. furthermost,
  10. furthest

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.

far

[fahr]

adverb

at or to a great distance; a long way off; at or to a remote point: We sailed far ahead of the fleet.
at or to a remote or advanced time: We talked far into the night.
at or to a great, advanced, or definite point of progress, or degree: Having come this far, we might as well continue.
much or many: I need far more time. We gained far more advantages.

adjective, far·ther or fur·ther, far·thest or fur·thest.

being at a great distance; remote in time or place: a far country; the far future.
extending to a great distance: the far frontiers of empire.
more distant of the two: the far side.

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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British Dictionary definitions for further

further

adverb

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

adjective

additional; more
more distant or remote in time or space; farther

verb

(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

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far

adverb farther, further, farthest or furthest

at, to, or from a great distance
at or to a remote timefar in the future
to a considerable degree; very mucha far better plan
as far as
  1. to the degree or extent that
  2. to the distance or place of
  3. informalwith reference to; as for
by far by a considerable margin
far and away by a very great margin
far and wide over great distances; everywhere
far be it from me I would not presume; on no accountfar be it from me to tell you what to do
far gone
  1. in an advanced state of deterioration
  2. informalextremely drunk
go far
  1. to be successful; achieve muchyour son will go far
  2. to be sufficient or last longthe wine didn't go far
go too far to exceed reasonable limits
how far? to what extent, distance, or degree?
in so far as to the degree or extent that
so far
  1. up to the present moment
  2. up to a certain point, extent, degree, etc
so far, so good an expression of satisfaction with progress made

adjective (prenominal)

remote in space or timea far country; in the far past
extending a great distance; long
more distantthe far end of the room
a far cry
  1. a long way
  2. something very different
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
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Idioms and Phrases with further

further

see without further ado.

far

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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