Definition of 'former'
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Departing members of the government are prohibited from lobbying former colleagues for two years. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The former world champ is facing a lifetime ban. The Sun (2016)The couple moved to the area after their former home was struck by lightning and burnt down. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But we former players of a certain vintage are wary about writing off anything with his big bear paw imprint upon it. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The husband is in his sixties and his former wife is 20 years younger. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This week's game is a clash from Moscow between two former world champions. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The two teachers are former singers from the choir. Times, Sunday Times (2016)No one wants a former employee to turn up to the celebration of a bumper bonus. Times, Sunday Times (2015)His performance that year drew gasps from fans and former players alike. The Sun (2009)Some were serving or former police officers. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Why would the former choose to write his piece mostly in the first person? Exploring language (6th edn) (1995)There are many reasons why you might choose the former. The Sun (2011)He looked totally off the pace as the former world champions flopped and embarrassingly crashed out in the group stage. The Sun (2014)The iconic former player and manager is performing a number of roles and the manager is delighted to have him involved. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It seems inconsistent, but the former may help to explain the latter. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Former staff members tell how it was more than just a place to work, and cry talking about its closure. The Sun (2013)The former may be individuals. The Times Literary Supplement (2012)The former wife had already received about 42m and was refused a further 10m. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The study of 39 athletes included former Olympians. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I suggest that some men would not be much interested in building the legacy of their partner's former husband. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Comedy about two former advertising executives who set up their own small-scale crèche, which becomes a success. The Sun (2009)The former home secretary called for a'major stepping up' of efforts to counter those spreading an extremist message. Times, Sunday Times (2014)He credits his wife, a former fitness model whom he met four years ago, with much of that. Times, Sunday Times (2016)FORMER Army officers will drill the unemployed on how to get a job, it emerged last night. The Sun (2011)
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Translations for 'former'
British English: former /ˈfɔːmə/ ADJECTIVE
You use former when you are talking about someone or something in the past.
…the former president.
- American English: former
- Arabic: سَابِق
- Brazilian Portuguese: anterior
- Chinese: 以前的
- Croatian: bivši
- Czech: bývalý
- Danish: tidligere
- Dutch: voormalig
- European Spanish: antiguo anterior
- Finnish: entinen
- French: ancien ex
- German: ehemalig
- Greek: πρώην
- Italian: ex
- Japanese: 以前の
- Korean: 전의
- Norwegian: foregående
- Polish: poprzedni
- European Portuguese: anterior
- Romanian: fost
- Russian: бывший
- Spanish: antiguo
- Swedish: föregående
- Thai: ก่อนหน้านี้
- Turkish: eski önceki
- Ukrainian: колишній
- Vietnamese: người tiền nhiệm
Definition of former from the Collins English Dictionary
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