Former meaning

fôrmər
Frequency:
Having been so in the past.

A former ambassador; his former boss.

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Having been so in the past.

A former ambassador; his former boss.

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A former president.

The former East Germany.

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The first of two persons or things mentioned.
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A person or thing that forms.
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Relating to or taking place in the past.

In former times.

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The first of two persons or things mentioned.
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A member of a school form.

A fifth former.

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Relating to or taking place in the past.

In former times.

adjective
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Being the first of two mentioned.
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Being the first of two mentioned.
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Preceding in time; earlier; past.

In former times.

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First mentioned of two.

Jack and Bill are twins, but the former is taller than the latter.

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first of aforementioned two items. Used with the, often without a noun.

The former is a good idea but the latter is not.

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Someone who forms something; a maker; a creator or founder.

Dave was the former of the company.

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An object used to form something, such as a template, gauge, or cutting die.

The brick arch was built using a wooden former.

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(chiefly UK, used in combinations) Someone in, or of, a certain form (class).

Fifth-former.

Sixth-former.

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The definition of former is something that happened in the past or a previously held role.

An example of former is a person who was once a policeman but is now retired.

An example of former is the first thing mentioned in a serious of items.

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One that forms; a maker or creator.

A former of ideas.

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Origin of former

  • Middle English comparative of forme first from Old English forma per1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English comparative of forme first from Old English forma per1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English former, comparative of forme (“first”), from Old English forma (“first”).

    From Wiktionary