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former

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adjective for·mer \ˈfȯr-mər\

Definition of former

  1. 1a :  coming before in time <She now appears like her former self.>b :  of, relating to, or occurring in the past <former correspondence> <restoring the theater to its former glory>

  2. 2 :  preceding in place or arrangement :  foregoing <the former part of the chapter>

  3. 3 :  first in order of two or more things cited or understood <of the two given, the former spelling is more common> <of the two spellings, the former is more common>

  4. 4 :  having been previously :  onetime <a former athlete> <her former husband>

Examples of former in a sentence

  1. <the coach is a former professional baseball player>

  2. <the former manual had some errors, but the current version has its own problems>

Origin and Etymology of former

Middle English, from forme first, from Old English forma — more at foremost


First Known Use: 12th century

Synonym Discussion of former

preceding, antecedent, foregoing, previous, prior, former, anterior mean being before. preceding usually implies being immediately before in time or in place <the preceding sentence>. antecedent applies to order in time and may suggest a causal relation <conditions antecedent to the revolution>. foregoing applies chiefly to statements <the foregoing remarks>. previous and prior imply existing or occurring earlier, but prior often adds an implication of greater importance <a child from a previous marriage> <a prior obligation>. former implies always a definite comparison or contrast with something that is latter <the former name of the company>. anterior applies to position before or ahead of usually in space, sometimes in time or order <the anterior lobe of the brain>.

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noun form·er \ˈfȯr-mər\

Definition of former

  1. 1 :  one that forms

  2. 2 chiefly British :  a member of a school form —usually used in combination <sixth former>

14th Century

First Known Use of former

14th century



FORMER Defined for English Language Learners

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former

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adjective for·mer \ˈfȯr-mər\

Definition of former for English Language Learners

  • —used to say what someone or something was in the past

  • : existing in the past


FORMER Defined for Kids

former

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adjective for·mer \ˈfȯr-mər\

Definition of former for Students

  1. :  coming before in time <a former president>



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