Definition of further in English:


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(also farther)
  • 1At, to, or by a greater distance (used to indicate the extent to which one thing or person is or becomes distant from another).

    Used as comparative of far

    ‘for some time I had wanted to move further from London’
    • ‘the EU seems to have moved further away from the original aims’
    at a greater distance, more distant, farther
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    1. 1.1with negative Used to emphasize the difference between a supposed or suggested fact or state of mind and the truth.
      ‘as for her being a liar, nothing could be further from the truth’
      • ‘nothing could be further from his mind than marrying’
      more unlike, less like
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  • 2Over a greater expanse of space or time; for a longer way.

    ‘we had walked further than I realized’
    • ‘wages have been driven down even further’
    1. 2.1Beyond the point already reached or the distance already covered.
      ‘Amelie decided to drive further up the coast’
      • ‘before going any further we need to define our terms’
      • ‘this theme will be developed further in Chapter 6’
    2. 2.2At or to a more advanced, successful, or desirable stage.
      ‘determination could not get her any further’
      • ‘at the end of three years they were no further on’
    3. 2.3sentence adverb Used to introduce a new point relating to or reinforcing a previous statement.
      • ‘On the internet, the size and scope of the market is several orders of magnitude higher. Further, it is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week’
      furthermore, moreover, what's more, also, additionally, in addition, besides, as well, too, to boot, on top of that, over and above that, into the bargain, by the same token
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/ˈfərT͟Hər/ /ˈfərðər/


  • 1

    (also farther)
    More distant in space than something else of the same kind.

    • ‘two men were standing at the further end of the clearing’
    more distant, more remote, remoter, more advanced, more extreme, further away, further off, farther
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    1. 1.1More remote from a central point.
      • ‘the museum is in the further reaches of the town’
      remote, distant, far away, far off, far removed
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  • 2Additional to what already exists or has already taken place, been done, or been accounted for.

    • ‘cook for a further ten minutes’
    additionally, more, to a greater extent
    additional, more, extra, supplementary, supplemental, other
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/ˈfərT͟Hər/ /ˈfərðər/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • Help the progress or development of (something); promote.

    • ‘he had depended on using them to further his own career’
    promote, advance, forward, develop, stimulate
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/ˈfərT͟Hər/ /ˈfərðər/


Is there any difference between further and farther in she moved further down the train and she moved farther down the train? Both words share the same roots: in the sentences given above, where the sense is ‘at, to, or by a greater distance’, there is no difference in meaning, and both are equally correct. Further is a much commoner word, though, and is in addition used in various abstract and metaphorical contexts, for example referring to time, in which farther is unusual, e.g. without further delay; have you anything further to say?; we intend to stay a further two weeks. The same distinction is made between farthest and furthest: the farthest point from the sun versus this first team has gone furthest in its analysis


    further to
    • Used to refer to or raise a matter discussed in a previous letter or conversation.

      • ‘ further to our letter of October 12, we confirm that our client will give full vacant possession on completion’
    not go any further
    • (of a secret) not be told to anyone else.

      • ‘I feel I can talk to you knowing that whatever I say won't go any further’
    until further notice
    • Used to indicate that a situation will not change until another announcement is made.

      • ‘the museum is closed to the public until further notice’
    until further orders
    • Used to indicate that a situation is only to change when another command is received.

      • ‘they were to be kept in prison until further orders’


Old English furthor (adverb), furthra (adjective), fyrthrian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to forth.