Definition of further in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfərT͟Hər/
used as comparative of far.


1 (also farther /ˈfärT͟Hər/) At, to, or by a greater distance (used to indicate the extent to which one thing or person is or becomes distant from another): for some time I had wanted to move farther from Lynne figurative the committee seems to have moved further away from its original aims
1.1 [with 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
2 (also farther /ˈfär-/) Over a greater expanse of space or time; for a longer way: we had walked further than I realized figurative wages have been driven down even further
2.1Beyond the point already reached or the distance already covered: Emily decided to drive further up the coast before going any further we need to define our terms
3Beyond or in addition to what has already been done: we are investigating ways to further increase customer satisfaction this theme will be developed further in Chapter 6 I shall not trouble you any further
3.1 [sentence adverb] Used to introduce a new point relating to or reinforcing a previous statement: poison hemlock resembles wild carrot, but has a strong, pungent odor; further, young leaves of wild carrot are more finely divided
3.2At or to a more advanced, successful, or desirable stage: at the end of three years they were no further on


1 (also farther /ˈfär-/) More distant in space than something else of the same kind: two men were standing at the further end of the clearing
1.1More remote from a central point: the museum is in the further reaches of the town
2Additional to what already exists or has already taken place, been done, or been accounted for: cook for a further ten minutes
additional, more, extra, supplementary, supplemental, other;
new, fresh


[with object]
Help the progress or development of (something); promote: he had depended on using them to further his own career
More example sentences
  • All going to plan, this will expose each band to new ears, furthering their own audience development.
  • He saw it as the next step in the future of the town and a natural step forward in furthering the aims and objectives of the Development Association.
  • More importantly he's furthering his art-form by developing full hour shows.
promote, advance, forward, develop, facilitate, aid, assist, help, help along, lend a hand to, abet;
expedite, hasten, speed up, catalyze, accelerate, step up, spur on, oil the wheels of, give a push to, boost, encourage, cultivate, nurture, foster


On the differences between further and farther, see farther.



not go any further

(Of a secret) not be told to anyone else.

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
More example sentences
  • All footpaths and bridleways in the East Riding that cross agricultural land have also been closed to the public until further notice.
  • After the fire, the office has temporarily suspended services to the public until further notice.
  • However the council stressed this week that the precautionary boil water notice will continue 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
More example sentences
  • To further compound the issue, the government by its order dated May 2, 2005 has ordered not to grant permission for conversation of agricultural land in and around Bangalore until further orders.
  • They will wait at this staging area until further orders, and are to be accompanied by the First SAS division.
  • General Johnston requests that you slow your men until further orders.



Example sentences
  • But it must not be supposed that reason is malign, the furtherer of ill counsels only.
  • His wicked attempts have proved unsuccessful, and so he has sent you, the instigator and furtherer of this villainy, under pretence of peace to act comme un espion, that is, as a spy upon us.
  • To all well-willers and furtherers of Plantations in New England, especially to such as ever have or desire to assist the people of Plymouth in their just proceedings, grace and peace be multiplied.


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

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Syllabification: fur·ther

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