the former

Definition of the former

:the first one of two things or people that have been mentioned
  • Of these two options, the former is less expensive, while the latter is less risky.
  • If offered a choice between death and exile, he said that he would choose the former.

Word by Word Definitions

former play
  1. : coming before in time

  2. : of, relating to, or occurring in the past

  3. : preceding in place or arrangement : foregoing

  1. : one that forms

  2. : a member of a school form


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