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Definition of Former


  1. One who forms; a maker; a creator.
  2. A shape around which an article is to be shaped, molded, woven wrapped, pasted, or otherwise constructed.
  3. A templet, pattern, or gauge by which an article is shaped.
  4. A cutting die.
  5. Preceding in order of time; antecedent; previous; prior; earlier; hence, ancient; long past.
  6. Near the beginning; preceeding; as, the former part of a discourse or argument.
  7. Earlier, as between two things mentioned together; first mentioned.

Former Quotations

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Albert Einstein

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.
Ernest Hemingway

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Business is not a spiritual matter, and my business decisions are not based on spiritual considerations. When I founded the Essence of Life, a project aimed at teaching tolerance and respectful dialogue, the person appointed to head it was Irit Atzmon, a former colonel in the army. Can anything be more down-to-earth than that?
Shari Arison

Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.
Frank Lloyd Wright
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Former Translations

former in Danish is forbigangen
former in Dutch is voorgaand, verleden, voorafgaand
former in French is ancienne, ancien, ci devant
former in Italian is ancor prima
former in Latin is prior, praevius, priscus, pristinus
former in Portuguese is anterior
former in Spanish is pasada, anterior
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