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adverb     /ˈfɜː.ðər/ US  /ˈfɝː.ðɚ/
B1 comparative of far: to a greater distance or degree, or at a more advanced level: I'm afraid I never got further than the first five pages of "Ulysses". We discussed the problem but we didn't get much further in actually solving it. The whole matter is further complicated by the fact that Amanda and Jo refuse to speak to each other. Every day she sinks further and further into depression.Distant in space and time go further/take sth further If you go or take something further, you take it to a more advanced stage: Before we go any further with the project I think we should check that there's enough money to fund it. If you wish to take the matter further, you can file charges against him.Continue and last farGrammar:Farther, farthest or further, furthest?See moreGrammar:Further (but not farther)There are some occasions when we can use further but not farther.See more
(Definition of further adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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