further

[ fur-th er ]
/ ˈfɜr ðər /

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.

Origin of further

before 900; Middle English furthere, Old English furthra; cognate with German vordere more advanced

OTHER WORDS FROM further

fur·ther·er, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH further

farther father further (see usage note at farther)

usage note for further

See farther.

Definition for further (2 of 2)

far
[ fahr ]
/ fɑr /

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.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM far

far·ness, nouno·ver·far, adverb, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH far

fair far fare

usage note for far

See as1, farther.
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British Dictionary definitions for further (1 of 2)

further
/ (ˈfɜːðə) /

adverb

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 forms of further

furtherer, 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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British Dictionary definitions for further (2 of 2)

far
/ (fɑː) /

adverb farther, further, farthest or furthest

adjective (prenominal)

Derived forms of far

farness, 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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Idioms and Phrases with further (1 of 2)

further

see without further ado.

Idioms and Phrases with further (2 of 2)

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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