for·mer·ly | \ ˈfȯr-mər-lē , ˈfȯr-mə- \

Definition of formerly 

1 : at an earlier time : previously

2 obsolete : just before

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Examples of formerly in a Sentence

He was formerly a congressman. the newspaper formerly known as “The Newsprint”

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Sorenson was formerly chief technology officer of, a family history and consumer genomics products company. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Human Longevity names interim CEO," 13 July 2018 This was formerly a White Castle which closed in November 2017. Jennie Key,, "Lots of options: West Siders have eat-out options and more are coming," 13 July 2018 Zalaznick was formerly an executive vp at NBCUniversal. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Weinstein Co. Lays Off 20-Plus Employees," 11 July 2018 Leslie Nemo Leslie Nemo was formerly an editorial intern for Scientific American. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "From Defiled to Wild—Can a Spent Coal Mine Be Reborn as a Nature Conservation Center?," 11 July 2018 The Dalí aficionado who opened the museum two years ago is local real estate mogul Dmitry Piterman, who converted what was formerly a local maritime museum whose model boats were no longer cutting it, customer-wise. Steve Rubenstein,, "Legal clock ticking for Dalí museum in Monterey," 10 July 2018 Kan, who was formerly general manager for Lyft in Southern California, also pointed to a project using anonymous GPS data to study the role speed plays in rural crashes. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "Federal researchers are using data from Waze and Maryland to try to predict road dangers," 7 July 2018 The facility, which houses 50 men who were formerly homeless, is being named in honor of a $1 million gift from Anna Mann, of Palm Beach, in memory of her late husband William Mann. Austen Erblat,, "The Lord's Place receives $1M gift, renovations and new name," 6 July 2018 The National Hurricane Center upgraded what was formerly Tropical Storm Beryl to a Category 1 hurricane on Friday morning. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Hurricane Beryl becomes first of 2018 Atlantic season," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of formerly

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Sep 2018

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The first known use of formerly was in 1534

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English Language Learners Definition of formerly

: at an earlier time : in the past


for·mer·ly | \ ˈfȯr-mər-lē \

Kids Definition of formerly

: at an earlier time They were formerly friends.

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