further ( furthers 3rd person present) ( furthering present participle) ( furthered past tense & past participle )
Further is a comparative form of far. It is also a verb.
1 adv Further means to a greater extent or degree.
ADV with v
Inflation is below 5% and set to fall further..., The rebellion is expected to further damage the country's image..., The government's economic policies have further depressed living standards.
2 adv If you go or get furtherwith something, or take something further, you make some progress.
ADV with v
They lacked the scientific personnel to develop the technical apparatus much further.
3 adv If someone goes further in a discussion, they make a more extreme statement or deal with a point more thoroughly.
ADV after v
On February 7th the Post went further, claiming that Mr Wood had grabbed and kissed another 13 women..., To have a better comparison, we need to go further and address such issues as repairs and insurance.
4 adj A further thing, number of things, or amount of something is an additional thing, number of things, or amount.
ADJ n, pron-indef ADJ
His speech provides further evidence of his increasingly authoritarian approach..., There was nothing further to be done for this man.
5 adv Further means a greater distance than before or than something else.
Now we live further away from the city centre..., He came to a halt at a crossroads fifty yards further on..., Further to the south are some of the island's loveliest unspoilt coves.
6 adv Further is used in expressions such as `further back' and `further ahead' to refer to a point in time that is earlier or later than the time you are talking about.
Looking still further ahead, by the end of the next century world population is expected to be about ten billion.
7 verb If you further something, you help it to progress, to be successful, or to be achieved.
Education needn't only be about furthering your career. V n
8 adv You use further to introduce a statement that relates to the same general topic and that gives additional information or makes an additional point.
FORMAL ADV with cl
Dodd made no appeal of his death sentence and, further, instructed his attorney to sue anyone who succeeds in delaying his execution.
9 Further to is used in letters in expressions such as `further to your letter' or `further to our conversation', in order to indicate what you are referring to in the letter. (BRIT) FORMAL
further to prep-phrase Further to your letter, I agree that there are some presentational problems, politically speaking.
Further education is the education of people who have left school but who are not at a university or a college of education.
(mainly BRIT) n-uncount
Most further-education colleges offer A-level courses.
in AM, use continuing education