Meaning of FURTHER in English


(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.

Note: 'Further' is a comparative form of 'far'. It is also a verb.


Further means to a greater extent or degree.

Inflation is below 5% and set to fall ~...

The rebellion is expected to ~ damage the country’s image...

The government’s economic policies have ~ depressed living standards.

ADV: ADV with v


If you go or get ~ with something, or take something ~, you make some progress.

They lacked the scientific personnel to develop the technical apparatus much ~.

ADV: ADV with v


If someone goes ~ in a discussion, they make a more extreme statement or deal with a point more thoroughly.

On February 7th the Post went ~, claiming that Mr Wood had grabbed and kissed another 13 women...

To have a better comparison, we need to go ~ and address such issues as repairs and insurance.

ADV: ADV after v


A ~ thing, number of things, or amount of something is an additional thing, number of things, or amount.

His speech provides ~ evidence of his increasingly authoritarian approach...

There was nothing ~ to be done for this man.

= more

ADJ: ADJ n, pron-indef ADJ


Further means a greater distance than before or than something else.

Now we live ~ away from the city centre...

He came to a halt at a crossroads fifty yards ~ on...

Further to the south are some of the island’s loveliest unspoilt coves.

ADV: ADV adv/prep


Further is used in expressions such as ‘~ back’ and ‘~ ahead’ to refer to a point in time that is earlier or later than the time you are talking about.

Looking still ~ ahead, by the end of the next century world population is expected to be about ten billion.

ADV: ADV adv/prep


If you ~ something, you help it to progress, to be successful, or to be achieved.

Education needn’t only be about ~ing your career.



You use ~ to introduce a statement that relates to the same general topic and that gives additional information or makes an additional point. (FORMAL)

Dodd made no appeal of his death sentence and, ~, instructed his attorney to sue anyone who succeeds in delaying his execution.

= moreover

ADV: ADV with cl


Further to is used in letters in expressions such as ‘~ to your letter’ or ‘~ to our conversation’, in order to indicate what you are referring to in the letter. (BRIT FORMAL)

Further to your letter, I agree that there are some presentational problems, politically speaking.


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