Meaning of “formerly” in the English Dictionary

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"formerly" in British English

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uk /ˈfɔː.mə.li/ us /ˈfɔːr.mɚ.li/ formal

B2 in the past:

The European Union was formerly called the European Community.

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  • The position of our formerly illegal workers has now been regularized.
  • The artist formerly known as Prince.
  • The building was formerly used as a bank, but is now being turned into a bar.
  • The house was formerly owned by the local council.
  • Many formerly radical students now work for the government.

(Definition of “formerly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"formerly" in American English

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formerlyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈfɔr·mər·li/

before the present time or in the past:

Formerly, he had gone regularly to Europe, but now he seldom traveled.

(Definition of “formerly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"formerly" in Business English

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uk /ˈfɔːməli/ us

in the past:

Two companies formerly traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market began NYSE trading this week.

(Definition of “formerly” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)