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formerly

[ fawr-mer-lee ]
/ ˈfɔr mər li /
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adverb

in time past; in an earlier period or age; previously: a custom formerly observed.
Obsolete. in time just past; just now.

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Origin of formerly

First recorded in 1580–90; former1 + -ly

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH formerly

formally, formerly
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British Dictionary definitions for formerly

formerly
/ (ˈfɔːməlɪ) /

adverb

at or in a former time; in the past
obsolete in the immediate past; just now
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