1 adj Former is used to describe someone who used to have a particular job, position, or role, but no longer has it.
...former President Richard Nixon..., He pleaded not guilty to murdering his former wife.
2 adj Former is used to refer to countries which no longer exist or whose boundaries have changed.
...the former Soviet Union., ...the former Yugoslavia.
3 adj Former is used to describe something which used to belong to someone or which used to be a particular thing.
...the former home of Sir Christopher Wren., ...a former monastery.
4 adj Former is used to describe a situation or period of time which came before the present one.
FORMAL ADJ n
He would want you to remember him as he was in former years.
5 pron When two people, things, or groups have just been mentioned, you can refer to the first of them as the former. the PRON (Antonym: latter)
Given the choice between a pure white T-shirt and a more expensive, dirty cream one, most people can be forgiven for choosing the former...
opinion former ( opinion formers plural ) , opinion maker Opinion formers are people who have a lot of influence over what the public thinks about things. n-count
sixth former ( sixth formers plural ) , sixth-former A sixth former is a pupil who is in the sixth form at a British school. n-count
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
1 antecedent, anterior, ci-devant, earlier, erstwhile, ex-, late, one-time, previous, prior, quondam, whilom (archaic)
2 ancient, bygone, departed, long ago, long gone, of yore, old, old-time, past
3 above, aforementioned, aforesaid, first mentioned, foregoing, preceding
coming, current, ensuing, following, future, latter, modern, present, present-day, subsequent, succeeding
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