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Meaning of former by Wiktionary Dictionary

former


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    Etymology

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

    Pronunciation

    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )mə( r )

    Adjective

    former ( not comparable )

    1. previous
      A former president .
      The former East Germany .
    2. first of aforementioned two items. Used with the, often without a noun .
      The former is a good idea but the latter is not .

    Synonyms

    • ( previous ): anterior, erstwhile, previous, prior, quondam, ex-
    • See also Wikisaurus:former

    Antonyms

    Noun

    former ( plural: formers )

    1. Someone who forms something .
      Dave was the former of the company .
    2. An object used to form something .
      The brick arch was built using a wooden former .
    3. ( 主にUK, used in combinations ) Someone in, or of, a certain form ( class ) .
      Fifth-former
      Sixth-former .

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Explanation of former by Wordnet Dictionary

former


    Adjective
    1. referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned ( or the earlier one or ones of several )

    2. the novel was made into a film in 1943 and again in 1967; I prefer the former version to the latter one
    3. belonging to the distant past

    4. former generations
    5. belonging to some prior time

    6. our former glory
    7. ( used especially of persons ) of the immediate past

    8. the former president
    Noun
    1. the first of two or the first mentioned of two

    2. Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today