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FORMER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does former mean? 

FORMER (noun)
  The noun FORMER has 1 sense:

1. the first of two or the first mentioned of two

  Familiarity information: FORMER used as a noun is very rare.


FORMER (adjective)
  The adjective FORMER has 4 senses:

1. referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several)
2. belonging to some prior time
3. (used especially of persons) of the immediate past
4. belonging to the distant past

  Familiarity information: FORMER used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FORMER (noun)


Sense 1former [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The first of two or the first mentioned of two

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Context example:

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

Hypernyms ("former" is a kind of...):

first; number one (the first or highest in an ordering or series)

Antonym:

latter (the second of two or the second mentioned of two)


FORMER (adjective)


Sense 1former [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several)

Context example:

the novel was made into a film in 1943 and again in 1967; I prefer the former version to the latter one

Antonym:

latter (referring to the second of two things or persons mentioned (or the last one or ones of several))


Sense 2former [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Belonging to some prior time

Synonyms:

onetime; sometime; erstwhile; quondam; former; old

Context examples:

erstwhile friend / our former glory / the once capital of the state / her quondam lover

Similar:

past (earlier than the present time; no longer current)


Sense 3former [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(used especially of persons) of the immediate past

Synonyms:

previous; former; late

Context examples:

the former president / our late President is still very active / the previous occupant of the White House

Similar:

past (earlier than the present time; no longer current)


Sense 4former [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Belonging to the distant past

Synonyms:

early; other; former

Context examples:

the early inhabitants of Europe / former generations / in other times

Similar:

past (earlier than the present time; no longer current)


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