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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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