from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. At an earlier time; once.

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  • adv. at some time in the past
  • adv. previously; once

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In time past, either in time immediately preceding or at any indefinite distance; of old; heretofore.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • First; first of all; beforehand.
  • In time past; at a certain point or through an indefinite period in the past; of old; here-to-fore.
  • In time just past; just now; as aforesaid.
  • Synonyms Once, anciently; Formerly, Previously. Formerly means before the present time, and perhaps a considerable time before; previously, before some particular event or time, and generally up to that point: as, the rates of postage were formerly much higher than now; they were reduced in 1845, having previously been at an average of about 12½ cents.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. at a previous time


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former +‎ -ly


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  • The label formerly known as Sony BMG is now officially owned by Sony Corp., according to confirmations issued Wednesday.

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  • In a term formerly reserved for the Kurds of the northern Middle East, Peter Bergen has said that the Pashtuns are in fact the world's largest group of people without a state.

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  • Germany applied to Easter the same title formerly given to the season of the sacred king's love-death, Hoch-Zeit, "the High Time."

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  • An old marquise made use of a term formerly in vogue at court to express the flowery beauty of the fops and beaux of the olden time, whose language and demeanor were social laws: she called him “the pink of fashion.”

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  • McGraw-Hill (2008) ¹ I am indebted to Virginia C. Eidenmuller for correcting the original misspelling of the French word formerly appearing in this transcript.

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  • The UN leader on Friday ended a 10-day personal trip to his native Ghana, where he had conferred on him a title formerly reserved only for the Ashanti king, making him one of the most senior and powerful traditional rulers in his home country.

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  • At night she tossed about and wandered, and it became at length apparent that there was a settled attack, something like what they called formerly a "nervous fever."

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