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Definitions of former

  1. of the distant past; "the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. belonging to some prior time; "erstwhile friend"; "our former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her quondam lover" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the first of two or the first mentioned of two; "Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. One who forms; a maker; a creator. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A shape around which an article is to be shaped, molded, woven wrapped, pasted, or otherwise constructed. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A templet, pattern, or gauge by which an article is shaped. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A cutting die. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Preceding in order of time; antecedent; previous; prior; earlier; hence, ancient; long past. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Near the beginning; preceeding; as, the former part of a discourse or argument. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Earlier, as between two things mentioned together; first mentioned. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Preceding in time or place; previously mentioned. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. One who shapes or molds; a maker. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. (comp. of FORE) Before in time or order: past: first mentioned. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. One who forms or makes. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. Before in time or order; previous. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. Of fere. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. Earlier; previous; preceding; ancient. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Preceding in time: long past; near the beginning; first mentioned. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. He who or that which forms. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. One who. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. Before another or something else in time or order; mentioned before another; opposed to latter. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  24. form'[.e]r, adj. (comp. of fore) before in time or order: past: first mentioned.--adv. FORM'ERLY, in former times: heretofore. [Formed late on analogy of M. E. formest by adding comp. suff. -er to base of A.S. forma, first, itself a superlative form.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  25. Of the past or an earlier period (in f. times; more like her f. self; our f. haunts), whence formerly adv.; the f. (with noun, or oftener as pron. with possessive the f.s), the first or first-mentioned of two (opp. LATTER). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  26. n. One who or that which forms. Cabinet Dictionary
  27. He that forms, maker, contriver, planner. Complete Dictionary
  28. Before another in time; mentioned before another; past. Complete Dictionary

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