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Meaning of FORMER

Pronunciation:  'formur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  the first of two or the first mentioned of two; "Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today"
 

FORMER is a 6 letter word that starts with F.

 

 Antonyms: latter
 
 See Also: first, number one

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Form"er\, n.
    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.
    
    
  2. \For"mer\, a. [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.
    
             A bad author deserves better usage than a bad
             critic; a man may be the former merely through the
             misfortune of an ill judgment; but he can not be
             latter without both that and an ill temper. --Pope.
    
    Syn: Prior; previous; anterior; antecedent; preceding;
         foregoing.
    
    
 
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