Definition of farther adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfɑːðə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːrðər//
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  •  (comparative of far) at or to a greater distance in space or time farther north/south farther along the road I can't go any farther. As a family we grew farther and farther apart. We watched their ship moving gradually farther away. How much farther is it? They hadn't got any farther with the work (= they had made no progress). Which Word?farther / further / farthest / furthest These are the comparative and superlative forms of far. To talk about distance, use either farther, farthest or further, furthest. In British English, further, furthest are the most common forms and in North American English, farther and farthest:I have to travel further/​farther to work now. 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 mean ‘more’ or ‘additional’:Are there any further questions? This sounds very formal in North American English.
  • Idioms
    far/farther/further afield
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    far away from home; to or in places that are not near You can hire a car if you want to explore further afield. Journalists came from as far afield as China.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: farther