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further

[ fur-ther ]
/ ˈfɜr ðər /
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adverb, comparative of far, with furthest as superlative.
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, comparative of far, with furthest as superlative.
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.
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Origin of further

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

words often confused with further

See farther.

OTHER WORDS FROM further

fur·ther·er, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH further

farther, further (see confusables note at farther)
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British Dictionary definitions for further

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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Other Idioms and Phrases with further

further

see without further ado.

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