What is the meaning of former?


  • The first of two or the first mentioned of two.
    • usage: "Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today"


  • Referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several. )
    • usage: "the novel was made into a film in 1943 and again in 1967; I prefer the former version to the latter one"
  • Belonging to some prior time.
    • usage: "erstwhile friend"; "our former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her quondam lover"
  • Used especially of persons. ( of the immediate past)
    • usage: "the former president"; "our late President is still very active"; "the previous occupant of the White House"
  • Belonging to the distant past.
    • usage: "the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times"
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APAWordNet. (2010). former. Retrieved September 19, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/former/definitions/1174403
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "former" http://smartdefine.org/former/definitions/1174403 (accessed September 19, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, former, Smart Define, viewed 19 September, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/former/definitions/1174403>.
MLAWordNet. "former" 23 October 2010. Web. 19 September 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/former/definitions/1174403>
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