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Meaning of “further” in the English Dictionary

"further" in British English

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furtheradverb

uk   /ˈfɜː.ðər/  us   /ˈfɝː.ðɚ/
B1 comparative of far : to a ​greaterdistance or ​degree, or at a more ​advancedlevel: I never got further than the first five ​pages of "Ulysses". We ​discussed the ​problem but we didn't get much further in ​actuallysolving it. The ​wholematter 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.go further/take sth further If you go or take something further, you take it to a more ​advancedstage: Before we go any further with the ​project, I ​think we should make ​sure that there's enough ​money to ​fund it. If you ​wish to take the ​matter further, you can ​filecharges against him.

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furtheradjective

uk   /ˈfɜː.ðər/  us   /ˈfɝː.ðɚ/

furtheradjective, adverb

uk   /ˈfɜː.ðər/  us   /ˈfɝː.ðɚ/
A2 more or ​extra: Have you anything further to ​add? If you have any further ​problems, ​let me ​know. It ​cost me £50 a ​day and a further £60 for ​insurance. This ​shop will be ​closed until further ​notice. We need to ​talk further about this.further to mainly UK formal used in ​businessletters to refer to an ​earlierletter, ​conversation, ​meeting, etc.: Further to ​yourletter of 11 ​March, I should like to ​inform you of a ​number of ​recentdevelopmentsregarding the Saffron Hill ​site.

furtherverb [T]

uk   /ˈfɜː.ðər/  us   /ˈfɝː.ðɚ/
(Definition of further from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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furtheradjective, adverb

 us   /ˈfɜr·ðər/
  • further adjective, adverb (MORE)

more, ​extra, or ​additional; comparative offar : Call ​yourlocallibrary for further ​information. To further ​complicate things, I ​locked my ​keys in the ​car. Not only did I ​arrive at my ​conclusions after ​carefulthought, I took a further ​step and tested them.
  • further adjective, adverb (GREATER DISTANCE)

to a ​greaterdistance in ​space or ​time; comparative offar : I can’t ​run any further. Read a little further and it will ​begin to make ​sense.

furtherverb [T]

 us   /ˈfɜr·ðər/
  • further verb [T] (ENCOURAGE)

to ​help something to ​succeed; to ​advance something: She says the ​money would be a ​greathelp in furthering ​theircause.
(Definition of further from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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