American English

Definition of further adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1to a greater degree or extent The police decided to investigate further. My life is further complicated by having to work such long hours. Nothing could be further from the truth.
  2. 2(formal) in addition to what has just been said synonym furthermore Further, it is important to consider the cost of repairs.
  3. 3(comparative of far) at or to a greater distance in space or time synonym farther We had walked further than I realized. Think further back into your childhood. Two miles further on we came to a small town.
  4. Which Word?further / farther / farthest / furthest These are the comparative and superlative forms of far. To talk about distance, further and farthest are the most common:I have to travel further to work now. the house farthest away from the road To talk about the degree or extent of something, further/furthest are usually preferred:Let’s consider this point further. Further, but not farther, can also be used in formal situations to mean “more” or “additional”:Are there any further/more/additional questions?Idioms
    far/farther/further afield
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    far away from home; to or in places that are not near You can rent a car if you want to explore further afield. Journalists came from as far afield asChina.
    1. 1to say more about something, or make a more extreme point about it I would go even further and suggest that the entire industry is corrupt.
    2. 2to last longer; to serve more people They watered down the soup to make it go further.
    go no further, not go any further
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    if you tell someone that a secret will go no further, you promise not to tell it to anyone else
    take something further
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    to take more serious action about something or speak to someone at a higher level about it I am not satisfied with your explanation and intend to take the matter further.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: further