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Meaning of FORMER

Pronunciation:  'formur

WordNet Dictionary
[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
  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
       (b) A templet, pattern, or gauge by which an article is
       (c) A cutting die.
  2. \For"mer\, a. [A compar. due to OE. formest. See
    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
             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;
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