Language: Old English
Origin: furthor; related to forth


1 adverb
fur‧ther1 S1 W1


more, or to a greater degree:
A spokesman declined to comment until the evidence could be studied further.
The flavour of the wine is further improved during the aging period.
Whaling in Australia was stopped. But the Australian government went further (=said or did something more extreme) and proposed a global ban.

take something further

to take action at a more serious or higher level, especially in order to get the result you want:
The police do not propose to take the matter further.
take something a stage/step further
Critics want the government to take this one stage further and ban the film altogether.


also farther a greater distance, or beyond a particular place:
They walked a little further.
further up/away/along etc
His farm is located further away from Riobamba than his brother's.
His hands moved further down her back.
They've never been further south than San Diego.


into the past or the future
further back/on/ahead etc
Five years further on, a cure has still not been found.
The records don't go any further back than 1960.
It might be a sign, much further down the road (=in the future), of a change in policy.

in addition

[sentence adverb] formal used to introduce something additional that you want to talk about [= furthermore]:
Butter sales have fallen because margarine has improved in flavor. Further, butter consumption has decreased because of links to heart disease.

further to something

written formal used in letters to mention a previous letter, conversation etc about the same matter:
Further to your letter of February 5th, we can confirm your order.

nothing could be further from the truth

used when you want to say that something is completely untrue:
People often described him as a bitter academic, but nothing could be further from the truth.

nothing could be/is further from somebody's mind/thoughts

used to emphasize that someone is not thinking about or intending something

something must not go any further

used to say that something you are telling someone is secret or private

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