From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishformerfor‧mer1 /ˈfɔːmə $ ˈfɔːrmər/ ●●● S2 W1 adjective [only before noun] 1 BEFOREhappening or existing before, but not nowpresent, previous the former Soviet Union Their farm has been reduced to half its former size.see thesaurus at last2 having a particular position in the past SYN ex-, → present my former husband former President Clinton3 in former times/years4 somebody/something’s former self
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formerCanada is a former British colony.Her former husband now lives in Houston.Most of the former inmates sought refuge in his abbey, and many stayed on to help run it.He was an adviser to former President Reagan.Weinburger was an advisor to former president Ronald Reagan.In the fall of 1990 we moved our baking facility from Forestville to downtown Santa Rosa, into a former tortilla factory.Civil war raged for years in the former Yugoslavia.
formerformer2 noun 1 the former2 first/second/sixth etc former
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formerSteven Soderbergh, nominated as best director for both Traffic and Erin Brockovich, won for the former.For the former, therefore, to return among the latter was not to degrade, but to promote them.
From King Business Dictionaryformerfor‧mer /ˈfɔːməˈfɔːrmər/ adjective [only before a noun] happening or existing in the past, but not nowthe former chairman of United Telecommunications IncOrigin former1 (1100-1200) forme first ((12-16 centuries)), from Old English forma