former: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (fôr'mur), [key]
— adj.
  1. preceding in time; prior or earlier: during a former stage in the proceedings.
  2. past, long past, or ancient: in former times.
  3. preceding in order; being the first of two: Our former manufacturing process was too costly.
  4. being the first mentioned of two (distinguished from latter): The former suggestion was preferred to the latter.
  5. having once, or previously, been; erstwhile: a former president.


Pronunciation: (fôr'mur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person or thing that forms or serves to form.
  2. a pupil in a particular form or grade, esp. in a British secondary school: fifth formers.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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