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former

[fɔ͟ː(r)mə(r)]

  1. ADJ: ADJ n Former is used to describe someone who used to have a particular job, position, or role, but no longer has it.

  2. ADJ: ADJ n Former is used to refer to countries which no longer exist or whose boundaries have changed.

  3. ADJ: ADJ n Former is used to describe something which used to belong to someone or which used to be a particular thing.

  4. ADJ: ADJ n Former is used to describe a situation or period of time which came before the present one. [FORMAL]

  5. PRON: the PRON When two people, things, or groups have just been mentioned, you can refer to the first of them as the former.

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fɔ͟ː(r)mə(r)Neuter nounADJ Former is used to describe someone who used to have a particular job, position, or role, but no longer has it.Examples

The unemployed executives include former sales managers, directors and accountants.
...former President Richard Nixon...
He pleaded not guilty to murdering his former wife.

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former

noun
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Common caseformerformers
Possessive caseformer'sformers'