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English definition of “former”

former

adjective [before noun]     /ˈfɔː.mər/ US  /ˈfɔːr.mɚ/
B1 of or in an earlier time ; before the present time or in the past: his former wife a former employer the former president of the United States The house , a former barn , has been attractively converted . The painting was then restored to its former glory (= returned to its original good condition ). It was a long time after the accident before he seemed like his former self (= behaved in the way he had done before).In the pastBefore, after and alreadyAfter and behind
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