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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Further \Fur"ther"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Furthered; p. pr. & vb. n. Furthering.] [OE. furthren, forthren, AS. fyr[eth]ran, fyr[eth]rian. See Further, adv.] To help forward; to promote; to advance; to forward; to help or assist. [1913 Webster] This binds thee, then, to further my design. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] I should nothing further the weal public. --Robynsom (More's Utopia). [1913 Webster]