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Meaning of further by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old English furþor, from Proto-Germanic *furþera, from Proto-Indo-European *per- ( a common preposition ) .


    • IPA: /fɜː( r )ðə( r )/
      Rhymes: -ɜː( r )ðə( r )



    1. comparative form of far: more far; of or pertaining to being distant, or of greater distance in degree or of extension in time .
    2. More, additional.


    further ( not comparable )

    1. comparative form of far: more far
    2. ( conjunctive ) Also; in addition to.
    3. ( location ) A greater distance in space or time; farther .
      Washington DC is further from Europe than New York .
    4. ( conjunctive ) Moreover; beyond what is already stated .
      Further, affiant sayeth naught. ( A formal statement ending a deposition or affidavit, immediately preceding the affiant's signature. )

    Usage notes

    Some usage guides distinguish farther and further, with farther referring to distance, and further referring to degree or time.[1] Others, such as the OED, recommend farther as a comparative form of far and further for use when it is not comparative.[2]

    However, most authorities consider the two interchangeable in most or all circumstances,[3] and historically they have not been distinguished.[4][5]

    See also

    Derived terms

    See also

    1. ^ Grammar Girl: Further Versus Farther
    2. ^ Daily Writing Tips – Farther, Further: What’s the Difference?
    3. ^ Fowler’s Modern English Usage
    4. ^ “farther” in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001
    5. ^ Grammar Girl: Further Versus Farther


Explanation of further by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. promote the growth of

    2. contribute to the progress or growth of

    1. to or at a greater distance in time or space

    2. went only three miles further
      further in the future
    3. to or at a greater extent or degree or a more advanced stage

    4. further complicated by uncertainty about the future
      let's not discuss it further
      nothing could be further from the truth
      they are further along in their research than we expected
    5. in addition or furthermore

    6. if we further suppose
      stated further that he would not cooperate with them
      they are definitely coming; further, they should be here already
    1. more distant in especially degree

    2. nothing could be further from the truth
      further from our expectations

    Definition of further by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Further adv. [A comparative of forth; OE. further, forther, AS. furor, farur; akin to G. fürder. See Forth, adv.] To a greater distance; in addition; moreover. See Farther.

      Carries us, I know not how much further, into familiar company. M. Arnold.

      They sdvanced us far as Eleusis and Thria; but no further. Jowett ( Thucyd. ).

      Further off, not so near; apart by a greater distance.

    2. Further, a. compar. [Positive wanting; superl. Furthest.]
      1. More remote; at a greater distance; more in advance; farther; as, “the further end of the field”. See Farther.

      2. Beyond; additional; as, “a further reason for this opinion; nothing further to suggest.”

      ☞ The forms further and farther are in general not differentiated by writers, but further is preferred by many when application to quantity or degree is implied.

    3. Further, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Furthered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Furthering.] [OE. furthren, forthren, AS. fyrðran, fyrðrian. See Further, adv.] To help forward; to promote; to advance; to forward; to help or assist.

      This binds thee, then, to further my design. Dryden.

      I should nothing further the weal public. Robynsom ( More's Utopia ).