formerly

adverb
for·​mer·​ly | \ ˈfȯr-mər-lē How to pronounce formerly (audio) , 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”
Recent Examples on the Web Other Alaskans to qualify for the marathon trials are Anna Dalton of Anchorage and Keri McEntee of Fairbanks in the women’s race and Aaron Fletcher of Anchorage and Tony Tomsich, formerly of Fairbanks and Anchorage, in the men’s race. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska runner could become first openly transgender athlete in US Olympic marathon trials," 13 Feb. 2020 The Chuggin’ Monk, formerly LG Taps, is at 3619 Greenville Ave., Dallas. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "The Chuggin’ Monk stumbles onto Greenville Avenue in Dallas — into a familiar spot," 13 Feb. 2020 Hope Hicks, formerly President Donald Trump's most trusted and longest serving aide, is expected to return to the administration in the coming weeks, sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News. John Santucci And, ABC News, "Hope Hicks returning to Trump White House as senior adviser," 13 Feb. 2020 Like many Carnival traditions in formerly French territories, Cajun Mardi Gras focuses on merry mischief-making. National Geographic, "Here’s Mardi Gras like you’ve never seen it," 12 Feb. 2020 The professional services firm EY (formerly Ernst & Young) offers digital training to help employees recognize the signs that a colleague is struggling and connect them to company resources. Mandy Oaklander, Time, "How Companies Teach Their Employees First Aid for Mental Health," 12 Feb. 2020 They were all formerly animal viruses but crossed over to infect people before the existence of viruses was recognized. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Understanding pandemics: What they mean, don’t mean, and what comes next with the coronavirus," 12 Feb. 2020 But in 3 years’ time, its output will be dwarfed by that of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory (VRO, formerly the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope) in Chile. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Big telescopes join hunt for things that go flash in the night," 12 Feb. 2020 On April 14, Megan Rapinoe and her teammates will play Brazil at the Earthquakes Stadium in San Jose (formerly Avaya Stadium). Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "U.S. women’s soccer team to play in Bay Area before Olympics," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of formerly

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of formerly was in 1534

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16 Feb 2020

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“Formerly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/formerly. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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formerly

adverb
How to pronounce formerly (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of formerly

: at an earlier time : in the past

formerly

adverb
for·​mer·​ly | \ ˈfȯr-mər-lē How to pronounce formerly (audio) \

Kids Definition of formerly

: at an earlier time They were formerly friends.

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