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



    BrE BrE//ˈfɜːðə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɜːrðər//
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  1. 1  (comparative of far) (especially British English) at or to a greater distance synonym farther We had walked further than I had realized. Two miles further on we came to a small town. The hospital is further down the road. Can you stand a bit further away?
  2. 2  a longer way in the past or the future Think further back into your childhood. How will the company be doing ten years further on?
  3. 3  to 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.
  4. 4(formal) in addition to what has just been said synonym furthermore Further, it is important to consider the cost of repairs. 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.
  5. Word OriginOld English furthor (adverb), furthra (adjective), fyrthrian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to forth.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.
    1. 1to say more about something, or make a more extreme point about it I would go even further and suggest that the entire government 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 somebody that a secret will go no further, you promise not to tell it to anyone else
    to take more serious action about something or speak to somebody at a higher level about it I am not satisfied with your explanation and intend to take the matter further.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: further