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Synonyms for former
ˈfɔr mər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. former(adj)

    the first of two or the first mentioned of two

    "Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today"

    Antonyms:
    latter, present(a), future

  2. former(a)(adj)

    referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several)

    "the novel was made into a film in 1943 and again in 1967; I prefer the former version to the latter one"

    Antonyms:
    latter, future, present(a)

  3. erstwhile(a), former(a), old, onetime(a), one-time(a), quondam(a), sometime(a)(adj)

    belonging to some prior time

    "erstwhile friend"; "our former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her quondam lover"

    Antonyms:
    latter, present(a), future

  4. former(a), late(a), previous(a)(adj)

    (used especially of persons) of the immediate past

    "the former president"; "our late President is still very active"; "the previous occupant of the White House"

    Antonyms:
    latter, future, present(a)

  5. early(a), former(a), other(a)(adj)

    belonging to the distant past

    "the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times"

    Antonyms:
    latter, present(a), future

Wiktionary

  1. former(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    latter

  2. former(adjective)

    previous

    Dave was the former of the company.

    Synonyms:
    prior, previous, ex-, anterior, erstwhile, quondam

    Antonyms:
    latter

  3. former(adjective)

    first of aforementioned two items. Used with the, often without a noun.

    The former is a good idea but the latter is not.

    Synonyms:
    anterior, erstwhile, ex-, quondam, previous, prior

    Antonyms:
    latter

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. former

    The efficient cause, that which makes anything to be or be done, is the common meaning of the word, as in the saying "There is no effect without a cause." Every man instinctively recognizes himself acting through will as the cause of his own actions. The Creator is the Great First Cause of all things. A condition is something that necessarily precedes a result, but does not produce it. An antecedent simply precedes a result, with or without any agency in producing it; as, Monday is the invariable antecedent of Tuesday, but not the cause of it. The direct antonym of cause is effect, while that of antecedent is consequent. An occasion is some event which brings a cause into action at a particular moment; gravitation and heat are the causes of an avalanche; the steep incline of the mountain-side is a necessary condition, and the shout of the traveler may be the occasion of its fall. Causality is the doctrine or principle of causes, causation the action or working of causes. Compare DESIGN; REASON.

    Synonyms:
    actor, agent, antecedent, author, causality, causation, cause, condition, creator, designer, fountain, motive, occasion, origin, originator, power, precedent, reason, reason, source, spring

    Antonyms:
    consequence, creation, development, effect, end, end, event, fruit, issue, outcome, outgrowth, product, result

    Preposition:
    The cause of the disaster; cause for interference.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. former

    Synonyms:
    preceding, antecedent, previous, prior, earlier, ancient, bygone, anterior, first-mentioned, foregoing

    Antonyms:
    succeeding, subsequent, posterior, latter, modern, coming, future

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. former(a.)

    Synonyms:
    maker, framer, author, creator, constructor

  2. former(a.)

    Synonyms:
    previous, prior, anterior, antecedent, preceding, foregoing

  3. former(a.)

    Synonyms:
    quondam, ci-devant, late, old-time

  4. former(a.)

    Synonyms:
    past, gone by

  5. former(a.)

    Synonyms:
    first named, first mentioned

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. former(a)

    Synonyms:
    antecedent, preceding, previous, prior, foregoing, bygone, quondam, ci-devant

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How to use former in a sentence?

  1. Colleague Jim Swift:

    As a former staffer myself, this must be a really depressing job. Ideally, young people go to work in Congress because they want to make a difference.

  2. Rod Wheeler:

    Cydney Ireland said. The sprawling, 58,000-student main campus in downtown Columbus is one of the nation's largest. Fox News contributor Rod Wheeler, a former Washington DC homicide detective and an Ohio State University alum, said the school's police department is highly trained. People don’t need to panic.

  3. John Kasich:

    John Kasich, meanwhile, got the most engagement of the night from 89-year-old former Democratic Rep. John Dingell, who tweeted :.

  4. White House:

    Family and friends have long sought clemency for Mr. Patrick Nolan, alongside notable advocates like former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and author Arnold Steinberg, in light of these facts, Patrick Nolan is entirely deserving of this Grant of Executive Clemency.

  5. Egypt Hisham Khalil:

    People like us, the former regime never looked to us and we never looked to talk to them either. It was always the people close to the regime, now, we are trying until they prove us wrong.

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