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"formerly" in British English

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formerlyadverb

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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(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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formerlyadverb

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)
Translations of “formerly”
in Arabic بِشَكْل سابِق…
in Korean 이전에…
in Portuguese anteriormente…
in Catalan antigament…
in Japanese 以前は…
in Chinese (Simplified) 以前,从前,在过去…
in Turkish önceleri, eskiden, geçmişte…
in Russian прежде, раньше…
in Chinese (Traditional) 以前,從前,在過去…
in Italian precedentemente…
in Polish poprzednio, dawniej, wcześniej…
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