[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.

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.
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Examples from the Web for furthering

Contemporary Examples of furthering

Historical Examples of furthering

  • She dreaded any furthering of the personal understanding between them.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley

  • He had been writing for the papers and meant to do so again, 'for the furthering of my ideas.

    Heart of Darkness

    Joseph Conrad

  • His life was dedicated to peace and the furthering of peace.

    The K-Factor

    Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)

  • Using this deadly situation as a means of furthering his own interests.

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

  • Ahuramazda will hear those who are bent on furthering (all that is good).

British Dictionary definitions for furthering



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


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


(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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Word Origin and History for furthering


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.

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Idioms and Phrases with furthering


see without further ado.

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