further

If you ask your parents for money, they might say they need to think about it further and then ask you lots of questions. Further refers to figurative distance, like a thought you need more time on.

Further often gets confused with farther, but it's better to use further to mean an abstract distance, when two things are moving apart in terms of ideals, agreement, or thoughts, and farther when you're talking about physical distance. There's also a verb form of further that means "to promote the growth or progress of," which you might use in a sentence like, "These new gigs should help her further her career as a rock musician."

Primary Meanings of further

1.
advadj
to or at a greater extent or degree or a more advanced stage (`further' is used more often than `farther' in this abstract sense)
more distant in especially degree
2.
adv
in addition or furthermore
3.
v
contribute to the progress or growth of
Full Definitions of further
1

adv 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”
Synonyms:
farther

adv 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”
Synonyms:
farther

adj more distant in especially degree

“nothing could be further from the truth”
further from our expectations”
Synonyms:
farther
far
located at a great distance in time or space or degree
2

adv in addition or furthermore

“if we further suppose”
“stated further that he would not cooperate with them”
further, they should be here already”
3

v contribute to the progress or growth of

Synonyms:
advance, boost, encourage, promote
Types:
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connive at, wink at
give one's silent approval to
foster
promote the growth of
spur
incite or stimulate
help
contribute to the furtherance of
carry
take further or advance
feed
support or promote
conduce, contribute, lead
be conducive to
Type of:
back up, support
give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to

v promote the growth of

Synonyms:
foster
Type of:
advance, boost, encourage, promote
contribute to the progress or growth of

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