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Definition 1: the first of two or the first mentioned of two - [noun denoting linkdef]

Samples where former or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(former is a kind of ...) the first or highest in an ordering or series

"He wanted to be the first"

Definition 2: referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several) - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where former or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Definition 3: belonging to the distant past - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where former or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for former in the sense of this definition

(former is similar to ...) earlier than the present time; no longer current

"time past" "his youth is past" "this past Thursday" "the past year"

Definition 4: belonging to some prior time - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where former or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for former in the sense of this definition

(former is similar to ...) earlier than the present time; no longer current

"time past" "his youth is past" "this past Thursday" "the past year"

Definition 5: (used especially of persons) of the immediate past - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where former or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for former in the sense of this definition

(former is similar to ...) earlier than the present time; no longer current

"time past" "his youth is past" "this past Thursday" "the past year"

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