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Webster 1913 Edition


Former

Form′er

,
Noun.
1.
One who forms; a maker; a creator.
2.
(Mech.)
(a)
A shape around which an article is to be shaped, molded, woven wrapped, pasted, or otherwise constructed.
(b)
A templet, pattern, or gauge by which an article is shaped.
(c)
A cutting die.

For′mer

,
Adj.
[A compar. due to OE.
formest
. See
Foremost
.]
1.
Preceding in order of time; antecedent; previous; prior; earlier; hence, ancient; long past.
For inquire, I pray thee, of the
former
age.
Job. viii. 8.
The latter and
former
rain.
Hosea vi. 3.
3.
Near the beginning; preceeding;
as, the
former
part of a discourse or argument
.
3.
Earlier, as between two things mentioned together; first mentioned.
Syn. – Prior; previous; anterior; antecedent; preceding; foregoing.

Webster 1828 Edition


Former

FORM'ER

,
Noun.
He that forms; a maker; an author.

Definition 2022


former

former

English

Alternative forms

Adjective

former (not comparable)

  1. Previous.
    A former president; the former East Germany
    • 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, chapter III:
      At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. [] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
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Etymology 2

Noun

former (plural formers)

  1. First of aforementioned two items.
    The former is a good idea but the latter is not.
    I drive two vehicles. The first car is a GMC model and the latter is a Japanese-made vehicle. I won the former on a game show.
  2. Someone who forms something; a maker; a creator or founder.
    Dave was the former of the company.
  3. An object used to form something, such as a template, gauge, or cutting die.
    The brick arch was built using a wooden former.
  4. (chiefly Britain, used in combinations) Someone in, or of, a certain form (class).
    Fifth-former
    Sixth-former.
Derived terms

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Most common English words before 1923: minutes · appear · thoughts · #661: former · twenty · lips · donations

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Danish

Noun

former c

  1. plural indefinite of form

Verb

former

  1. present tense of forme

Verb

former or formér

  1. imperative of formere

French

Etymology

Latin formō (I form)

Pronunciation

Verb

former

  1. to form (generic sense)
  2. to shape (to make into a certain shape)
  3. to train; to educate

Conjugation

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Latin

Verb

former

  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of formō

Norwegian Bokmål

Noun

former m, f

  1. indefinite plural of form

Verb

former

  1. present tense of forme

Norwegian Nynorsk

Noun

former f

  1. indefinite plural of form

Swedish

Noun

former

  1. indefinite plural of form