formerly

adverb for·mer·ly \ ˈfȯr-mər-lē , ˈfȯr-mə- \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of formerly

1 : at an earlier time : previously
2 obsolete : just before

Examples of formerly in a Sentence

  1. He was formerly a congressman.

  2. the newspaper formerly known as “The Newsprint”

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First Known Use of formerly

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formerly Synonyms


FORMERLY Defined for English Language Learners

formerly

adverb

Definition of formerly for English Language Learners

  • : at an earlier time : in the past


FORMERLY Defined for Kids

formerly

adverb for·mer·ly \ ˈfȯr-mər-lē \

Definition of formerly for Students

: at an earlier time
  • They were formerly friends.


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