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Synonyms for former
ˈfɔr mərfor·mer

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Wiktionary

  1. formeradjective

    Antonyms:
    latter

  2. formeradjective

    previous

    Dave was the former of the company.

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

    Antonyms:
    latter

  3. formeradjective

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. formeradjective

    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)adjective

    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)adjective

    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)adjective

    (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)adjective

    belonging to the distant past

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

    Antonyms:
    latter, present(a), future

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. formeradjective

    Synonyms:
    maker, framer, author, creator, constructor

  2. formeradjective

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

  3. formeradjective

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

  4. formeradjective

    Synonyms:
    past, gone by

  5. formeradjective

    Synonyms:
    first named, first mentioned

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. formeradjective

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

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How to use former in a sentence?

  1. Bogdan Bartnikowski:

    I have hope that for sure there will continue to be groups of visitors to the museum, us former prisoners will not be lacking.

  2. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    Persistence in business keeps you or one going, making you or one willing to put in more efforts to avoid or better deal with experienced failure or challenge in the future. There are many stories highlighting the importance of persistence in achieving success in any venture. One of these is that of the legendary United States President Abraham Lincoln. He failed several times in elections, but he was not discouraged from forging on in pursuit of his aspiration until eventually he became the 16th President of U.S.A. Back home in Nigeria (my country), the election of General Muhammadu Buhari as the president of Nigeria is another good example of persistence. The former military Head of State, who was overthrown by General Ibrahim Babangida-led coup in 1985 after spending less than two years in office, had lost three previous presidential elections in 2003, 2007 and 2011. While many people made fun of him and wrote him off, he was undiscouraged and persistent. Thus, dare to be persistent in all you do. ~Emeasoba George.

  3. Barack Obama:

    President Obama and the first lady send their good wishes to the former President and the entire Bush family during this holiday season.

  4. Matthew Monforton:

    What we were concerned about is further action on gun control by (former New York Mayor Michael) Bloomberg and other liberal anti-gun advocates, it buttresses Montana’s constitutional right to bear arms and offsets efforts to turn Montana into a gun control state.

  5. Andrew Yang:

    The people you should ask about this are Eric's former colleagues in the police captains union, people who worked with Eric Adams for years, people who know Eric Adams best.


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