Further vs. Farther | IELTS Vocabulary

As an adverb, further means at a greater distance or more remotely.

  • They live a block further down the street.

Further can mean more or again.

  • Let’s not discuss this topic further.

As an adjective, further can mean additional, extra, supplementary or auxiliary.

  • For further information, please visit their website.

Further can also be used as a verb. In this case, it means help, assist, promote or foster.

  • His uncle’s support furthered his career.

Antonyms of further: nearer, closer, slow, retard, hinder, obstruct, impede


  • We have gone farther than we had planned.
  • He said that he was farther into the book than I was.

As an adjective, farther can mean more distant or more remote.

  • There is a restaurant at the farther end of the street.

Farther and further can be used interchangeably. However, if you want to be precise, use farther to mean ‘at a greater distance’ and further to mean ‘more’.

  • I have nothing further to say.
  • The railway station is five miles farther down the road.

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