Definitions of former

  1. of the distant past; " the early inhabitants of Europe"; " former generations"; " in other times"
  2. belonging to some prior time; " erstwhile friend"; " our former glory"; " the once capital of the state"; " her quondam lover"
  3. the first of two or the first mentioned of two; " Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today"
  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"
  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"
  6. One who forms; a maker; a creator.
  7. A shape around which an article is to be shaped, molded, woven wrapped, pasted, or otherwise constructed.
  8. A templet, pattern, or gauge by which an article is shaped.
  9. A cutting die.
  10. Preceding in order of time; antecedent; previous; prior; earlier; hence, ancient; long past.
  11. Near the beginning; preceeding; as, the former part of a discourse or argument.
  12. Earlier, as between two things mentioned together; first mentioned.
  13. Preceding in time or place; previously mentioned.
  14. One who shapes or molds; a maker.
  15. ( comp. of FORE) Before in time or order: past: first mentioned.
  16. One who forms or makes.
  17. Before in time or order; previous.
  18. Of fere.
  19. Earlier; previous; preceding; ancient.
  20. Preceding in time: long past; near the beginning; first mentioned.
  21. He who or that which forms.
  22. One who.
  23. Before another or something else in time or order; mentioned before another; opposed to latter.

Usage examples for former

  1. She had seen her former young man. – Furze the Cruel by John Trevena
  2. But in the former case he has good hopes. – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  3. Former name of the town of Ogdensburg. – The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History by Various
  4. He remembered the former trial. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  5. Of the former there are several; of the latter only one. – Doctor Cupid by Rhoda Broughton
  6. Wait, wait, said the former; who knows whether we shall ever see each other again? – Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers by Various
  7. I think more has been done towards the former of these needs than towards the latter. – The Problem of China by Bertrand Russell
  8. You must pay a visit to the mother of your former pupil, and present Gretchen as your wife. – Under a Charm, Vol. III. (of III) A Novel by E. Werner
  9. In former days, I might have had no doubt that such men were in the right. – The Problem of China by Bertrand Russell
  10. The former is certain the man entered the inn yard from the street; the latter are just as positive that he did not. – He Walked Around the Horses by Henry Beam Piper
  11. And that we should never forget this, that we should never doubt that this is true, it has been so ordered that many can remember something of these former lives of theirs. – The Soul of a People by H. Fielding
  12. Let us first consider the former. – Ontology or the Theory of Being by Peter Coffey
  13. But, alas, the voice of the later Melanchthon was not that of the former! – Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church by Friedrich Bente
  14. " Five thousand dollars," the former said at last. – The Box with the Broken Seals by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  15. He knows something of his former life, and told me a short time ago that Bruno was not his name at all. – The Slave Of The Lamp by Henry Seton Merriman
  16. " The king is not here," said Butzow to him, as soon as the former reached his side. – The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  17. " I have arranged the affair," the former said. – When London Burned by G. A. Henty
  18. This was undoubtedly true, as Colwyn had observed during his former visit to the inn. – The Shrieking Pit by Arthur J. Rees
  19. " I'm glad you are here to- day, to get my boy out of the trouble he got himself into," said Mr. Bunker, as he shook hands with the former soldier. – Six Little Bunkers at Uncle Fred's by Laura Lee Hope
  20. He will not object to my future manoeuvres in the same field, as he has to my former. – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang