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former - Dictionary definition and meaning for word former

Definition
(noun) the first of two or the first mentioned of two
Example Sentence
  • Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today

Definition
(adj) referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several)
Example Sentence
  • the novel was made into a film in 1943 and again in 1967; I prefer the former version to the latter one

Definition
(adj) belonging to some prior time
Synonyms : erstwhile , old , one-time , onetime , quondam , sometime
Example Sentence
  • erstwhile friend
  • our former glory
  • the once capital of the state
  • her quondam lover

Definition
(adj) (used especially of persons) of the immediate past
Synonyms : late , previous
Example Sentence
  • the former president
  • our late President is still very active
  • the previous occupant of the White House

Definition
(adj) belonging to the distant past
Synonyms : early , other
Example Sentence
  • the early inhabitants of Europe
  • former generations
  • in other times

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