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further (See far)
1 at a great distance in time or space or degree; "we come from a far country"; "far corners of the earth"; "the far future"; "a far journey"; "the far side of the road"; "far from the truth"; "far in the future" [ant: near]
2 being of a considerable distance or length; "a far trek"
3 being the animal or vehicle on the right or being on the right side of an animal or vehicle; "the horse on the right is the far horse"; "the right side is the far side of the horse"
4 beyond a norm in opinion or actions; "the far right" n : a terrorist organization that seeks to overthrow the government dominated by Tutsi and to reinstitute Hutu control; "in 1999 ALIR guerrillas kidnapped and killed eight foreign tourists" [syn: Army for the Liberation of Rwanda, ALIR, Former Armed Forces, Interahamwe] adv
1 to a considerable degree; very much; "a far far better thing that I do"; "felt far worse than yesterday"; "eyes far too close together"
2 at or to or from a great distance in space; "he traveled far"; "strayed far from home"; "sat far away from each other"
3 at or to a certain point or degree; "I can only go so far before I have to give up"; "how far can we get with this kind of argument?"
4 remote in time; "if we could see far into the future"; "all that happened far in the past"
5 to an advanced stage or point; "a young man who will go very far" [also: further, farther]further adj
1 existing or coming by way of addition; "an additional problem"; "further information"; "there will be further delays"; "took more time" [syn: additional, further(a), more(a)]
2 more distant in especially degree; "nothing could be further from the truth"; "further from our expectations"; "farther from the truth"; "farther from our expectations" [syn: farther] adv
1 to or at a greater extent or degree or a more advanced stage (`further' is used more often than `farther' in this abstract sense); "further 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" [syn: farther]
2 in addition or furthermore; "if we further suppose"; "stated further that he would not cooperate with them"; "they are definitely coming; further, they should be here already"
3 to or at a greater distance in time or space (`farther' is used more frequently than `further' in this physical sense); "farther 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" [syn: farther]


1 promote the growth of; "Foster our children's well-being and education" [syn: foster]
2 contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom" [syn: promote, advance, boost, encourage]

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  1. To encourage growth.
  2. To support progress or growth of something.


to further
  • German: fördern
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: پێشخستن
  • Portuguese: desenvolver (2)


  1. Of greater distance, especially in degree.
    Batteries need further development.


  1. Also, in addition to.
    • 1924: ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Available at: . Book 1, Part 6.
      Further, besides sensible things and Forms he says there are the objects of mathematics, which occupy an intermediate position,
  2. A greater distance in space or time.


further (adverb)

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above, accessory, added, additional, additionally, advance, advantage, again, aid, all included, also, altogether, among other things, ancillary, and all, and also, and so, another, as well, assist, au reste, auxiliary, back, beside, besides, beyond, boost, collateral, conduce to, contribute to, contributory, else, en plus, encourage, engender, expedite, extra, facilitate, farther, favor, for lagniappe, forward, foster, fresh, furthermore, generate, hasten, help, in addition, inter alia, into the bargain, item, lend wings to, likewise, make for, more, more distant, moreover, new, on the side, on top of, other, over, over and above, patronize, plus, promote, propagate, push forward, put forward, quicken, remoter, renewed, serve, set forward, similarly, spare, speed, supernumerary, supplemental, supplementary, support, surplus, then, therewith, thither, to boot, too, ulterior, yet, yon, yonder
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