Former - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfɔːrmər|  American pronunciation of the word former
Brit.  |ˈfɔːmə|  British pronunciation of the word former

noun

- the first of two or the first mentioned of two
Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today

adjective

- belonging to some prior time (syn: erstwhile, old, one-time, onetime, quondam, sometime)
our former glory
- (used especially of persons) of the immediate past (syn: late, previous)
the former president
- belonging to the distant past (syn: early, other)
former generations

Extra examples

...the coach is a former professional baseball player...

...the former manual had some errors, but the current version has its own problems...

Of the two spellings, the former is more common.

Their farm has been reduced to half its former size.

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

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