former - definition and synonyms

adjective, pronoun 

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Former can be used in the following ways:
as an adjective (only before a noun): She still visits her former husband.
as a pronoun (after ‘the’): Given the choice between rose pink and olive green, I’d choose the former every time.
  1. 1
    used for describing someone or something that had a particular job, title, status etc in the past, but not now

    The ceremony honoured all the former presidents who are still living.

    the former Soviet Union

    He abandoned his former career as a geologist.

  2. 3
    formal used for referring to the first of two people or things that you have mentioned. Use the latter to refer to the second person or thing

    Both Williams and Andrews claim the property. The former insists that it was a gift.