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adverb,comparative of far, with furthest as superlative.
  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.

  1. in addition; moreover: Further, he should be here any minute.

adjective,comparative of far, with furthest as superlative.
  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?

  1. 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

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

confusables note For further

See farther.

Other words from further

  • fur·ther·er, noun

Words that may be confused with further

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How to use further in a sentence

  • It is expected that this end will be definitely furthered through the study and use of the material contained in this reprint.

    Philippine Mats | Hugo H. Miller
  • He furthered malignant humours in his own time by his fondness for personal adornment.

    Sir Walter Ralegh | William Stebbing
  • But Irish divisions, fostered by the Union, fomented by statecraft and furthered by many Irishmen, grew steadily more pronounced.

    The Evolution of Sinn Fein | Robert Mitchell Henry
  • This is the Eternal element in Christianity which has to be possessed and preserved and furthered.

British Dictionary definitions for further


/ (ˈfɜːðə) /

  1. in addition; furthermore

  2. to a greater degree or extent

  1. to or at a more advanced point

  2. 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

Origin of further

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


Derived forms of further

  • furtherer, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with further


see without further ado.

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