Translation of "former" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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formeradjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈfɔː.mər/ us /ˈfɔːr.mɚ/

B1 of or in an earlier time; before the present time or in the past

his former wife 他的前妻
a former employer 前雇主
the former president of the United States 美国前总统
The luxury apartments are in a former factory. 这座房子以前是谷仓,现已改建一新,十分漂亮。
The painting was then restored to its former glory (= returned to its original good condition). 这幅油画又恢复了原先的光彩。
It was a long time after the accident before he seemed like his former self (= behaved in the way he had before). 事故过后很长时间,他似乎才恢复了先前的样子。

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formernoun [ S ]

uk /ˈfɔː.mər/ us /ˈfɔːr.mɚ/
the former

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B2 the first of two people, things, or groups previously mentioned

Of the two suggestions, I prefer the former. 这两个建议中,我更喜欢前一个。


uk / -fɔː.mər/ us / -fɔːr.mɚ/

a student of the stated class group

sixth-formers (= students usually aged 16–18) 六年级学生

(Translation of “former” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)