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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Synonyms for formerly

Synonyms

erstwhile, once, onetime

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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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Sarah Firshein formerly held staff positions at Travel + Leisure and Vox Media, and has also contributed to Condé Nast Traveler, Bloomberg, Eater and other publications. Sarah Firshein, New York Times, "Help! My Hotel Doesn’t Exist," 13 Sep. 2019 Katy formerly had been represented by Jamie Wolman, who recently resigned. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Washburn to serve on Keep Texas Beautiful Board," 17 Sep. 2019 The neighborhood, formerly warehouses and parking lots, is now populated with parks, cafes, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. Kate Bowers, Fortune, "Testing the Luxury Shoe Market With a Salon on Wheels," 16 Sep. 2019 Fire & Spice is located in a space formerly home to part of Bandito Southside, at the same SoHu shopping center as MVP Spirits and Grill sports bar. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "A Huntsville taco that puts The South in your mouth," 16 Sep. 2019 But the pretty, formerly church-going Coos Bay girl found big-city life challenging. oregonlive, "How Coos Bay’s ‘All-American girl’ became a daring skyjacker, then disappeared into 1970s underground," 16 Sep. 2019 Helmed by award-winning chef Will Torres, formerly with Justin Vineyards, the restaurant offers an eclectic mix of breakfast, brunch/lunch and dinner dishes in a bright, family-friendly environment. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Central Coast: 5 great new San Luis Obispo County restaurants," 15 Sep. 2019 In 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly actress Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the day before; Lebanon’s president-elect, Bashir Gemayel, was killed by a bomb. BostonGlobe.com, "In 1812, Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops entered Moscow following the Battle of Borodino to find the Russian city largely abandoned and parts set ablaze.," 14 Sep. 2019 In 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly actress Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the day before; Lebanon's president-elect, Bashir Gemayel (bah-SHEER' jeh-MAY'-el), was killed by a bomb. orlandosentinel.com, "Today in history: September 14," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of formerly

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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formerly

adverb

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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