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further

[fur-th er] /ˈfɜr ðər/
adverb, compar. of far with furthest as superl.
1.
at or to a greater distance; farther:
I'm too tired to go further.
2.
at or to a more advanced point; to a greater extent:
Let's not discuss it further.
3.
in addition; moreover:
Further, he should be here any minute.
adjective, compar. of far with furthest as superl.
4.
more distant or remote; farther:
The map shows it to be further than I thought.
5.
more extended:
Does this mean a further delay?
6.
additional; more:
Further meetings seem pointless.
verb (used with object)
7.
to help forward (a work, undertaking, cause, etc.); promote; advance; forward:
You can always count on him to further his own interests.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English furthere, Old English furthra; cognate with German vordere more advanced
Related forms
furtherer, noun
Can be confused
farther, *farer, father, further (see usage note at farther)
Usage note
See farther.

far

[fahr] /fɑr/
adverb
1.
at or to a great distance; a long way off; at or to a remote point:
We sailed far ahead of the fleet.
2.
at or to a remote or advanced time:
We talked far into the night.
3.
at or to a great, advanced, or definite point of progress, or degree:
Having come this far, we might as well continue.
4.
much or many:
I need far more time. We gained far more advantages.
adjective, farther or further, farthest or furthest.
5.
being at a great distance; remote in time or place:
a far country; the far future.
6.
extending to a great distance:
the far frontiers of empire.
7.
more distant of the two:
the far side.
Idioms
8.
a far cry (from). cry (def 27).
9.
as far as. as1 (def 18).
10.
by far,
  1. by a great deal; very much:
    too expensive by far.
  2. plainly; obviously:
    This melon is by far the ripest of the lot.
11.
far and away, by far; undoubtedly:
She is far and away the smartest one in the class.
12.
far and wide, to great lengths; over great distances:
He traveled far and wide in search of his missing son.
Also, far and near, near and far.
13.
far be it from me, I do not wish or dare (to interrupt, criticize, etc.):
Far be it from me to complain, but it's getting stuffy in here.
14.
far out, Slang.
  1. unconventional; offbeat:
    His sense of humor is far out.
  2. radical; extreme:
    political opinions that are far out.
  3. recondite or esoteric:
    an interest in art that was considered far out.
15.
few and far between. few (def 5).
16.
go far,
  1. to attain success:
    With so much talent he should go far.
  2. to have a great effect toward; help:
    The new evidence will go far toward proving the defendant's guilt.
17.
how far, to what distance, extent, or degree:
She didn't know how far they had gone in the mathematics text. How far do you think they can be trusted?
18.
on the far side of. side1 (def 26).
19.
so far,
  1. up to now:
    So far, I've had no reply to my request.
  2. up to a certain point or extent:
    We were able to plan only so far because of various factors beyond our control.
20.
so far so good, succeeding or managing adequately to this point; doing well thus far:
The work is difficult, but so far so good.
21.
the far side. side1 (def 29).
22.
thus far,
  1. up to the present; up to now:
    We have met no resistance to our plan thus far.
  2. to a particular degree, point, or extent:
    When you get thus far in the experiment, consult with the professor.
Origin
before 900; Middle English far, fer, Old English feorr; cognate with Old High German ferr, Old Norse fjar, Gothic fairra; akin to German fern far, Latin porrō forward, further
Related forms
farness, noun
overfar, adverb, adjective
unfar, adjective, adverb
Can be confused
fair, far, fare, flare (see synonym study at fair)
Usage note
See as1, farther.
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Examples for further
  • The process requires little additional energy to run, and can further cut down on energy costs by producing its own power.
  • Solar-heated water circulates in a radiant-heat floor that is further warmed by winter sun.
  • Each orb suggests a ball of flowers, a look further enhanced by the rosette shapes of the plants.
  • You're right, stunning garden entrances draw one further in.
  • Another high trellis near the roofline of the house further defines the entrance.
  • The ceiling has a series of recessed panels that contain incandescent downlights to further brighten and define the space.
  • When they arrive, the stores further refrigerate them to preserve them for sale.
  • Mirrors, sconces, and other wall accessories further define each space.
  • So this weekend is your best chance to see it and it should be much further along by then.
  • further, the critter is going to die within inches of eating it.
British Dictionary definitions for further

further

/ˈfɜːðə/
adverb
1.
in addition; furthermore
2.
to a greater degree or extent
3.
to or at a more advanced point
4.
to or at a greater distance in time or space; farther
adjective
5.
additional; more
6.
more distant or remote in time or space; farther
verb
7.
(transitive) to assist the progress of; promote
See also far, furthest
Derived Forms
furtherer, noun
Word Origin
Old English furthor; related to Old Frisian further, Old Saxon furthor, Old High German furdar; see forth

far

/fɑː/
adverb farther, further, farthest, furthest
1.
at, to, or from a great distance
2.
at or to a remote time far in the future
3.
to a considerable degree; very much a far better plan
4.
as far as
  1. to the degree or extent that
  2. to the distance or place of
  3. (informal) with reference to; as for
5.
by far, by a considerable margin
6.
far and away, by a very great margin
7.
far and wide, over great distances; everywhere
8.
far be it from me, I would not presume; on no account far be it from me to tell you what to do
9.
far gone
  1. in an advanced state of deterioration
  2. (informal) extremely drunk
10.
go far
  1. to be successful; achieve much your son will go far
  2. to be sufficient or last long the wine didn't go far
11.
go too far, to exceed reasonable limits
12.
how far?, to what extent, distance, or degree?
13.
in so far as, to the degree or extent that
14.
so far
  1. up to the present moment
  2. up to a certain point, extent, degree, etc
15.
so far, so good, an expression of satisfaction with progress made
adjective (prenominal)
16.
remote in space or time a far country, in the far past
17.
extending a great distance; long
18.
more distant the far end of the room
19.
a far cry
  1. a long way
  2. something very different
20.
far from, in a degree, state, etc, remote from he is far from happy
Derived Forms
farness, noun
Word Origin
Old English feorr; related to Old Frisian fīr, Old High German ferro, Latin porro forwards, Greek pera further
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Word Origin and History for further
adv., adj.

Old English furðor (adv.), furðra (adj.), etymologically representing either "forth-er" or "fore-ther." The former would be from furðum (see forth) + comparative suffix *-eron-, *-uron- (cf. inner, outer).

Alternative etymology traces it to Proto-Germanic *furþeron-, from PIE *pr-tero, (cf. Greek proteros "former"), from root of fore + comparative suffix also found in after, other. Senses of "in addition, to a greater extent" are later metaphoric developments.

v.

Old English (ge)fyrðan "further, impel;" see further (adj.). Cf. Middle Low German vorderen, Old High German furdiran, German fördern. Related: Furthered; furthering.

far

adj.

Old English feorr "far, remote, distant, to a great distance, long ago," from Proto-Germanic *ferro (cf. Old Saxon ferr, Old Frisian fer, Old Norse fjarre, Dutch ver, Old High German ferro, German fern, Gothic fairra), from PIE *per- "through, across, beyond" (cf. Sanskrit parah "farther, remote, ulterior," Hittite para "outside of," Greek pera "across, beyond," Latin per "through," Old Irish ire "farther"). Far East "China, Japan, and surrounding regions" is from 1838.

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