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Further vs. Farther: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
Further is used for abstract or figurative distances, while Farther refers to literal, physical distances.
Further vs. Farther

Key Differences

Further is commonly used to indicate a greater degree or extent in an abstract sense. Farther, on the other hand, is typically used when referring to physical distances, emphasizing a more measurable aspect.
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In academic or intellectual contexts, further is often the preferred choice, indicating an advancement in understanding or knowledge. Farther is more appropriate when discussing geographical or spatial distances.
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Further can also imply a continuation of some action or process beyond a certain point. Farther is more specific, usually linked with tangible measures of space or distance.
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When dealing with metaphorical or figurative language, further is the more apt choice. Farther retains its association with actual, physical space, making it less flexible in abstract contexts.
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In terms of usage trends, further is more widely applicable and can sometimes be used interchangeably with farther. Farther, however, maintains a narrower scope, firmly tied to physical distance.
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Comparison Chart

Primary Use

Abstract or figurative distances
Literal, physical distances
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Contexts

Academic, intellectual, metaphorical
Geographical, spatial
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Connotation

Implies progression or advancement
Suggests measurable distances
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Interchangeability

Can sometimes replace 'farther'
Less commonly used in place of 'further'
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Examples of Usage

"furthering one's education"
"the farther side of the mountain"
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Further and Farther Definitions

Further

To promote or advance something.
He works to further the goals of the organization.
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Farther

To a greater physical extent or degree.
He threw the ball farther than anyone else.
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Further

To a greater extent or degree.
She decided to explore the topic further.
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Farther

At a greater distance.
The lake is farther than we thought.
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Further

Beyond or in addition to what has been already stated.
Further, the report fails to address key issues.
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Farther

More remote or distant.
The farther reaches of the valley were unexplored.
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Further

More distant in degree, time, or space
A result that was further from our expectations than last time.
The further lamppost.
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Farther

To a more advanced point.
They journeyed farther into the wilderness.
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Further

Additional
A further example.
A further delay.
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Farther

Beyond a certain point.
Our supplies won't last any farther than this town.
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Further

To a greater extent; more
Considered further the consequences of her actions.
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Farther

To or at a more distant or remote point
Ran farther than the others.
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Further

In addition; furthermore
He stated further that he would not cooperate with the committee.
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Farther

To or at a more advanced point or stage
I went no farther that day.
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Further

At or to a more distant or advanced point
Went only three miles further.
Reading five pages further tonight. See Usage Note at farther.
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Farther

Usage Problem To a greater extent or degree
Carried the idea farther.
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Further

To help the progress of; promote.
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Farther

More distant; remoter
The farther shore.
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Further

(transitive) To help forward; to assist.
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Farther

Alternative form of further. (See also the usage notes at further.)
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Further

(transitive) To encourage growth; to support progress or growth of something; to promote.
Further the economy.
To further the peace process
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Farther

Alternative form of further. (See also the usage notes at further.)
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Further

(comparative form of far) More distant; relatively distant.
See those two lampposts? Run to the further one.
He was standing at the further end of the corridor.
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Farther

(uncommon or old-fashioned) further.
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Further

More, additional.
I have one further comment to make.
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Farther

More remote; more distant than something else.
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Further

(comparative form of far) To, at or over a greater distance in space, time or other extent.
I can run further than you.
I live a little further out of town.
How was your company doing ten years further back?
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Farther

Tending to a greater distance; beyond a certain point; additional; further.
Before our farther way the fates allow.
Let me add a farther Truth.
Some farther change awaits us.
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Further

(comparative form of far) To a greater extent or degree.
Of the two civilisations, this one was further advanced.
I do not propose to discuss it any further. - Please, let me explain just a little further.
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Farther

At or to a greater distance; more remotely; beyond; as, let us rest with what we have, without looking farther.
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Further

Beyond what is already stated or is already the case.
Chapter 10 further explains the ideas introduced in Chapter 9.
Don't confuse things further.
Further, affiant sayeth naught. (A formal statement ending a deposition or affidavit, immediately preceding the affiant's signature.)
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Farther

Moreover; by way of progress in treating a subject; as, farther, let us consider the probable event.
It will be dangerous to go on. No farther !
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Further

(conjunctive) Also; in addition; furthermore; moreover.
It is overlong, and further, it makes no sense.
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Farther

To help onward. [R.] See Further.
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Further

(in the phrase 'further to') Following on (from).
Further to our recent telephone call, I am writing to clarify certain points raised.
This example is further to the one on page 17.
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Farther

More distant in especially space or time;
They live in the farther house
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Further

To a greater distance; in addition; moreover. See Farther.
Carries us, I know not how much further, into familiar company.
They sdvanced us far as Eleusis and Thria; but no further.
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Farther

More distant in especially degree;
Nothing could be further from the truth
Further from our expectations
Farther from the truth
Farther from our expectations
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Further

More remote; at a greater distance; more in advance; farther; as, the further end of the field. See Farther.
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Farther

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
The application of the law was extended farther
He is going no farther in his studies
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Further

Beyond; additional; as, a further reason for this opinion; nothing further to suggest.
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Farther

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
Went only three miles further
Further in the future
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Further

To help forward; to promote; to advance; to forward; to help or assist.
This binds thee, then, to further my design.
I should nothing further the weal public.
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Further

Promote the growth of;
Foster our children's well-being and education
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Further

Contribute to the progress or growth of;
I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom
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Further

Existing or coming by way of addition;
An additional problem
Further information
There will be further delays
Took more time
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Further

More distant in especially degree;
Nothing could be further from the truth
Further from our expectations
Farther from the truth
Farther from our expectations
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Further

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
The application of the law was extended farther
He is going no farther in his studies
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Further

In addition or furthermore;
If we further suppose
Stated further that he would not cooperate with them
They are definitely coming; further, they should be here already
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Further

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
Went only three miles further
Further in the future
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Further

Additional; more.
Further research is required to confirm the hypothesis.
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Further

At a greater distance.
They moved further away from the city.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Is further used for non-physical distances?

Yes, further is often used for abstract or metaphorical distances.
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Can farther be used for metaphorical advancement?

Farther is typically not used for metaphorical contexts and is more suitable for physical distances.
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Do farther and further have the same origin?

They both originate from the Old English 'further,' but their usage has diverged over time.
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Can further imply advancement in a career?

Yes, further can imply progression or advancement in various contexts, including careers.
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Does further have a temporal application?

Yes, further can be used in a temporal sense to indicate a continuation in time.
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Can further be used to indicate more of something?

Yes, further can indicate an addition or more of something.
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Is farther used in academic writing?

Farther is used in academic writing when referring to physical distances.
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Is further interchangeable with farther?

Further can sometimes be used in place of farther, but not always vice versa.
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Is farther measurable?

Yes, farther is used when referring to measurable physical distances.
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Can further be used in spatial contexts?

While it's less common, further can be used for spatial distances, especially when the exact measure isn't the focus.
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Can further be used as a verb?

Yes, further can be used as a verb meaning to advance or promote.
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Is farther ever used as a verb?

Farther is not typically used as a verb.
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Is further used in directional contexts?

Further is less commonly used for specific directions compared to farther.
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Is further more versatile in usage?

Yes, further is more versatile and can be used in a variety of contexts, both abstract and physical.
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Is farther used for comparisons?

Farther is used in comparisons involving physical distances.
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Does farther imply a longer distance?

Yes, farther implies a longer physical distance.
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Is farther appropriate for discussing time?

Farther is generally not used for discussing time.
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Are further and farther synonyms?

They are not exact synonyms due to their distinct uses in different contexts.
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Can further imply a continuation of action?

Yes, further can suggest the continuation or advancement of an action or process.
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Can farther be used figuratively?

Farther is rarely used in a figurative sense.
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