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Definition of 'former'

Noun

  1. the first of two or the first mentioned of two; "Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today"
       Antonyms: latter

Adjective

  1. referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several); "the novel was made into a film in 1943 and again in 1967; I prefer the former version to the latter one"
       Antonyms: latter
  2. belonging to some prior time; "erstwhile friend"; "our former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her quondam lover"
       Synonyms: erstwhile old onetime quondam sometime
  3. (used especially of persons) of the immediate past; "the former president"; "our late President is still very active"; "the previous occupant of the White House"
       Synonyms: late previous
  4. belonging to the distant past; "the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times"
       Synonyms: early other


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