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English definition of “formerly”

formerly

adverb     /ˈfɔː.mə.li/ US  /ˈfɔːr.mɚ-/ formal
B2 in the past: The European Union was formerly called the European Community .In the pastBefore, after and alreadyAfter and behind
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