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former

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[ fawr-mer ]
/ ˈfɔr mər /
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adjective

preceding in time; prior or earlier: during a former stage in the proceedings.
past, long past, or ancient: in former times.
preceding in order; being the first of two: Our former manufacturing process was too costly.
being the first mentioned of two (distinguished from latter): The former suggestion was preferred to the latter.
having once, or previously, been; erstwhile: a former president.

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RELATED WORDS

old, departed, erstwhile, anterior, antecedent, ancient, bygone, past, prior, above, first, aforesaid, earlier, foregoing, late, once, one-time, preceding, sometime, quondam

Nearby words

formatively, formboard, formby, forme, forme fruste, former, formerly, formfitting, formful, formic, formic acid

Origin of former

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1125–75; Middle English, equivalent to forme (Old English forma first) + -er -er4. Cf. foremost
SYNONYMS FOR former
Can be confusedformer later latter

Definition for former (2 of 2)

former

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[ fawr-mer ]
/ ˈfɔr mər /

noun

a person or thing that forms or serves to form.
a pupil in a particular form or grade, especially in a British secondary school: fifth formers.

Origin of former

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First recorded in 1300–50, former is from the Middle English word fourmer. See form, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for former (1 of 2)

former

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/ (ˈfɔːmə) /

adjective (prenominal)

belonging to or occurring in an earlier timeformer glory
having been at a previous timea former colleague
denoting the first or first mentioned of twoin the former case
near the beginning

noun

the former the first or first mentioned of two: distinguished from latter

British Dictionary definitions for former (2 of 2)

former

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/ (ˈfɔːmə) /

noun

a person or thing that forms or shapes
electrical engineering a tool for giving a coil or winding the required shape, sometimes consisting of a frame on which the wire can be wound, the frame then being removed
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