Formerly For"mer*ly, adv. In time past, either in time immediately preceding or at any indefinite distance; of old; heretofore. [1913 Webster]

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  • formerly — for‧mer‧ly [ˈfɔːməli ǁ ˈfɔːrmərli] adverb in the past: • She was formerly the company s chief financial officer. * * * formerly UK US /ˈfɔːməli/ adverb ► in the past: »Two companies formerly traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market began NYSE trading… …   Financial and business terms

  • formerly — 1580s, from FORMER (Cf. former) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). A Middle English word for this was andersith formerly, at former times (early 14c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • formerly — index heretofore, theretofore Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • formerly — [adv] previously in time or order aforetime, already, anciently, at one time, away back, a while back, back, back when*, before, before now, before this, down memory lane*, earlier, eons ago*, erewhile, erstwhile, heretofore, in former times, in… …   New thesaurus

  • formerly — ► ADVERB ▪ in the past …   English terms dictionary

  • formerly — [fôr′mər lē] adv. at or in a former or earlier time; in the past …   English World dictionary

  • formerly — [[t]fɔ͟ː(r)mə(r)li[/t]] ADV: ADV with cl/group, ADV before v If something happened or was true formerly, it happened or was true in the past. He had formerly been in the Navy. ...east Germany s formerly state controlled companies …   English dictionary

  • formerly — adv. Formerly is used with these adjectives: ↑prosperous, ↑secret Formerly is used with these verbs: ↑call, ↑know, ↑own …   Collocations dictionary

  • formerly — for|mer|ly [ˈfo:məli US ˈfo:rmərli] adv in earlier times = ↑previously ▪ Kiribati, formerly known as the Gilbert Islands ▪ This elegant hotel was formerly a castle …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • formerly — for|mer|ly [ fɔrmərli ] adverb ** in the past: Mr. Jones was formerly a partner in a New York firm. Ho Chi Minh City, formerly called Saigon …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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