former

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Etymology 1Edit

Middle English former, comparative of forme ‎(first), from Old English forma ‎(first), descended from Proto-Germanic *frumô. Parallel to prior (via Latin), as comparative form from same Proto-Indo-European root. Related to first and fore (thence before), from Proto-Germanic.

AdjectiveEdit

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 2Edit

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NounEdit

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

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DanishEdit

NounEdit

former c

  1. plural indefinite of form

VerbEdit

former

  1. present tense of forme

VerbEdit

former or formér

  1. imperative of formere

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Latin formō ‎(I form)

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former

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

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

NounEdit

former m, f

  1. indefinite plural of form

VerbEdit

former

  1. present tense of forme

Norwegian NynorskEdit

NounEdit

former f

  1. indefinite plural of form

SwedishEdit

NounEdit

former

  1. indefinite plural of form
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