from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. More distant in degree, time, or space: a result that was further from our expectations than last time; the further lamppost.
  • adj. Additional: a further example; a further delay.
  • adv. To a greater extent; more: considered further the consequences of her actions.
  • adv. In addition; furthermore: He stated further that he would not cooperate with the committee.
  • adv. At or to a more distant or advanced point: went only three miles further; reading five pages further tonight. See Usage Note at farther.
  • transitive v. To help the progress of; advance. See Synonyms at advance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To encourage growth.
  • v. To support progress or growth of something.
  • adj. comparative form of far: more far; of or pertaining to being distant, or of greater distance in degree or of extension in time.
  • adj. More, additional.
  • adv. comparative form of far: more far
  • adv. Also; in addition to.
  • adv. At greater distance in space or time; farther.
  • adv. Moreover; beyond what is already stated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. More remote; at a greater distance; more in advance; farther. See farther.
  • adj. Beyond; additional
  • adv. To a greater distance; in addition; moreover. See farther.
  • transitive v. To help forward; to promote; to advance; to forward; to help or assist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • At or to a greater distance; more remotely; beyond, literally or figuratively: as, move further away; seek no further for happiness.
  • In addition; to a greater extent; by way of extension, progression, or continuation: as, I say further that no man knows the reason.
  • More remote; more distant than something else.
  • Additional; continued or continuing; extending beyond.
  • To help or urge onward or forward; promote; advance; forward.
  • To help or assist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. contribute to the progress or growth of
  • adv. in addition or furthermore
  • adj. more distant in especially degree
  • v. promote the growth of
  • adv. to or at a greater extent or degree or a more advanced stage (`further' is used more often than `farther' in this abstract sense)
  • adv. to or at a greater distance in time or space (`farther' is used more frequently than `further' in this physical sense)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English furthra, from furthor, farther. Adv., from Middle English, from Old English furthor; see per1 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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