Former 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. [1913 Webster]

For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age. --Job. viii. 8. [1913 Webster]

The latter and former rain. --Hosea vi. 3. [1913 Webster]

3. Near the beginning; preceeding; as, the former part of a discourse or argument. [1913 Webster]

3. Earlier, as between two things mentioned together; first mentioned. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • former — [ fɔrme ] v. tr. <conjug. : 1> • XIIe; lat. formare I ♦ Donner l être et la forme. 1 ♦ (En parlant du Créateur, de la Nature) ⇒ créer, 1. faire, informer. « Dieu forma l homme à son image » ( BIBLE ). 2 ♦ Vx Concevoir, engendrer. « Songez… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • former — I adjective antecedent, bygone, earlier, erstwhile, foregoing, late, past, preceding, preexistent, previous, prior, pristinus, quondam, retired, whilom associated concepts: former adjudication, former conviction, former jeopardy, former marriage …   Law dictionary

  • former — for‧mer [ˈfɔːmə ǁ ˈfɔːrmər] adjective [only before a noun] happening or existing in the past, but not now: • the former chairman of United Telecommunications Inc * * * former UK US /ˈfɔːmər/ adjective [before noun] ► used to describe something… …   Financial and business terms

  • Former — war von 1935 bis 1997 ein Ausbildungsberuf in Deutschland. Allgemein Former arbeiten in Gießereien und stellen dort Gussformen her, die für das Gießen von Werkstücken aus Stahl, Eisen oder anderen Metallen benötigt werden. Seit der Ablösung des… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Former — Form er, n. 1. One who forms; a maker; a creator. [1913 Webster] 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Former — Former, so v.w. Formmacher …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • former — (for mé) v. a. 1°   Donner l être et la forme. Dieu a formé l homme à son image. •   Celui qui m a créé dans le sein de ma mère, n a t il pas aussi créé celui qui me sert ? et n est ce pas aussi le même Dieu qui nous a formés tous deux ?, SACI… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • FORMER — v. a. Donner l être et la forme. Dieu a formé l univers. Dieu a formé l homme à son image, il l a formé du limon de la terre.   Il signifie aussi, en général, Produire, faire, opérer, ou Composer, constituer. Former un son. Former une voix… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • FORMER — v. tr. Créer en donnant l’être et la forme. Dieu a formé l’univers. Dieu a formé l’homme à son image, il l’a formé du limon de la terre. Il signifie aussi, en général, Produire, constituer. Former un concert de voix et d’instruments. Les eaux… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

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