farther vs further :

farther or further

Some authorities (like the Associated Press) insist on “farther” to refer to physical distance and on “further” to refer to an extent of time or degree, but others treat the two words as interchangeable except for insisting on “further” for “in addition,” and “moreover.” You’ll always be safe in making the distinction; some people get really testy about this.

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Definitions

  • s  more distant in especially space or time
    they live in the farther house
  • s  more distant in especially degree
    farther from the truth
    farther from our expectations
  • r  to or at a greater extent or degree or a more advanced stage (`further' is used more often than `farther' in this abstract sense)
    the application of the law was extended farther
    he is going no farther in his studies
  • r  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
  • r  to a considerable degree; very much
  • r  at or to or from a great distance in space
  • r  at or to a certain point or degree
  • r  remote in time
  • r  to an advanced stage or point

  • v  promote the growth of
  • v  contribute to the progress or growth of
  • s  more distant in especially degree
    nothing could be further from the truth
    further from our expectations
  • r  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
  • r  in addition or furthermore; further, they should be here already"
    if we further suppose
    stated further that he would not cooperate with them
  • r  to or at a greater distance in time or space (`farther' is used more frequently than `further' in this physical sense)
    went only three miles further
    further in the future
  • r  to a considerable degree; very much
  • r  at or to or from a great distance in space
  • r  at or to a certain point or degree
  • r  remote in time
  • r  to an advanced stage or point
News & Articles

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    With a new study finding that black Americans who live near fast-food restaurants have a higher BMI than those living farther away, Yourwellness Magazine took a closer look at the obesity epidemic, and how it has spawned a new trend in weight loss surgery. (PRWeb June 21, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10778677.htm
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    June 21, 2013 - redOrbit
  • IS THE SKY FALLING?
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    June 20, 2013 - Richard Reeves via Yahoo! News

  • Japan stocks slide further; Nikkei below 13,000
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    June 13, 2013 - Market Watch
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    June 13, 2013 - The Forex Market
  • Huhtamaki taking further actions in its Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania segment to improve competitiveness
    HUHTAMÄKI OYJ STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE 13.6.2013 AT 15:00 Huhtamäki Oyj has initiated further efficiency enhancing measures to improve the competitiveness of its Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania business ...
    June 13, 2013 - Thomson Reuters ONE via Yahoo! Finance