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English adjective: further

1. further more distant in especially degree

SamplesNothing could be further from the truth.
Further from our expectations.
Farther from the truth.
Farther from our expectations.



Antonymsnear, nigh, close

English adverb: further

1. further to or at a greater extent or degree or a more advanced stage (`further' is used more often than `farther' in this abstract sense)

SamplesFurther complicated by uncertainty about the future.
Let's not discuss it further.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
They are further along in their research than we expected.
The application of the law was extended farther.
He is going no farther in his studies.


2. further in addition or furthermore

SamplesIf we further suppose.
Stated further that he would not cooperate with them.
They are definitely coming; further, they should be here already.

3. further to or at a greater distance in time or space (`farther' is used more frequently than `further' in this physical sense)

SamplesFarther north.
Moved farther away.
Farther down the corridor.
The practice may go back still farther to the Druids.
Went only three miles further.
Further in the future.


English verb: further

1. further (social) promote the growth of

SamplesFoster our children's well-being and education.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)advance, boost, encourage, further, promote

2. further (social) contribute to the progress or growth of

SamplesI am promoting the use of computers in the classroom.

Synonymsadvance, boost, encourage, promote

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)back up, support

Narrower (hyponym)carry, conduce, connive at, contribute, feed, foster, further, help, lead, spur, wink at

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