the first of two or the first mentioned of two
"Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today"
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"
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"
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"
early(a), former(a), other(a)(adj)
belonging to the distant past
"the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times"
Dave was the former of the company.
first of aforementioned two items. Used with the, often without a noun.
The former is a good idea but the latter is not.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
The cause of the disaster; cause for interference.
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List of paraphrases:
ex, old, previous, ancient, antigua, ago, earlier, prior, past, before, preceding, formerly, elders, predecessor, exs, first, ancien, ex-girlfriend, ex-, ex-boyfriend, anciens, ex-president, erstwhile, alumni, outgoing, f.d., ousted, ancienne, ex-wife, long-standing, legacy, previously, last, elder, ex-combatants, antique
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How to use former in a sentence?
You are perhaps the most accomplished confidence man since Charles Ponzi. I'd say you were a carnival barker, but that wouldn't be fair to carnival barkers. to former Enron CEO Keny Lay
Unfortunately, the deal with Airbus has been negotiated and preliminarily signed by the former government, so we have little room for manoeuvre, because if we break off the negotiations we would risk ... paying damages.
President Bush had another terrific day and is in great spirits, he was visited by (former first lady Barbara) Bush as well as his son Neil and daughter-in-law Maria Bush, and has received well-wishes from family, friends and fellow citizens.
> (CNN)This week, White House news revolved around the three S's: sanctions, space and special (special election and special counsel). The Trump administration reimposed US sanctions on Iran, which went back into effect Tuesday. A day later, the State Department announced that the US will impose sanctions on Russia under a chemical and biological warfare law after the poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter in the United Kingdom earlier this year. Then came #spaceforce. As CNN's Ryan Browne reported, BTW, Trump's re-election team is already planning on selling.
When U.S. State Secretary John Kerry spoke to Rajapaksa over the phone, the former president assured him there will be a smooth power transition as stipulated in the constitution.
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- бивш, предишен, миналBulgarian
- previCatalan, Valencian
- primero, aquello, antiguo, aquella, primera, anterior, exSpanish
- اولی, اسبق, قدیم, سابقPersian
- edellinen, edeltävä, ensimmäinen, entinenFinnish
- précédent, ancien, celui-là, premierFrench
- korábbi, egykori, előbbi, előző, hajdaniHungarian
- terdahulu, mantanIndonesian
- anteriore, precedente, primo, exItalian
- 前者, 前Japanese
- წინანდელი, უწინდელიGeorgian
- پێشو, بهرترKurdish
- deze, eerstgenoemde, voormaligDutch
- پخوانیPashto, Pushto
- anterior, primeiroPortuguese
- первый, предыдущий, прежний, бывшийRussian
- bivši, prethodniSerbo-Croatian
- föregående, forna, före dettaSwedish
- ముందరి, మునుపటిTelugu
- önceki, önce, eski, ilkTurkish
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