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former

[ fawr-mer ]SEE DEFINITION OF former

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FORMER

"No, sir," said Robert, looking boldly in the face of his former employer.

Hunger and cold seemed to have driven them from their former homes.

My former suspicions that Mr. Giles must have been in this neighbourhood were now confirmed.

The former is engaged in commerce and the latter is the popular member for Leeds.

I have another letter from Mr. Lovelace, although I had not answered his former.

The Marquis found Vienna less gay than it was on his former visit.

The former resembles the imperial palace at Schonbrun, but smaller.

Yet, it lifted my soul higher than all their former strains.

He seemed not to be remembering, but to be living in the former days.

The former fact is not wonderful, the latter not altogether inexplicable.

WORD ORIGIN

"earlier in time," mid-12c., comparative of forme "first," patterned on formest "foremost" (see foremost). An unusual case of a comparative formed from a superlative (the -m- is a superlative element).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FORMER

eldest

adjectiveobsolete, outdated

outgoing

adjectiveleaving
  • departing
  • ex-
  • former
  • last
  • migratory
  • outbound
  • outward-bound
  • past
  • retiring
  • withdrawing
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