What does formerly mean?

Definitions for formerly
ˈfɔr mər lifor·mer·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. once, formerly, at one time, erstwhile, erstadverb

    at a previous time

    "at one time he loved her"; "her erstwhile writing"; "she was a dancer once";

Wiktionary

  1. formerlyadverb

    at some time in the past

  2. formerlyadverb

    previously; once

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Formerlyadverb

    In times past.

    Etymology: from former.

    The places mentioned were all of them formerly the cool retirements of the Romans, where they used to hide themselves among the woods and mountains, during the excessive heats of their Summer. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    As an animal degenerates by diseases, the animal salts, formerly benign, approach towards an alkaline nature. Arbuthnot.

ChatGPT

  1. formerly

    Formerly refers to something that occurred, existed, or was valid in the past, but not anymore; it is used to describe a previous state, position, or condition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Formerlyadverb

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

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'formerly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4390

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'formerly' in Adverbs Frequency: #292

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of formerly in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of formerly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of formerly in a Sentence

  1. Gilbert Villegas:

    Emanuel said at a recent press conference. The city says the free IDs will help those who currently struggle to get one – like the homeless, formerly incarcerated and undocumented immigrants – live a better life. NEW YORK CITY MAY ERASE ID CARD DATA TO PROTECT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS You need an ID for a job. You need an ID to get an apartment. You just need an ID for everything.

  2. Daniel J. Boorstin:

    Formerly a public man needed a private secretary for a barrier between himself and the public. Nowadays he has a press secretary to keep him properly in the public eye.

  3. Barack Obama:

    Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville. I've got a few complaints about service in and around the neighborhood, but I've moved down South since that time.

  4. Carlton Waterhouse:

    It’s vital for us to take these formerly contaminated lands and put them to productive use.

  5. Spalding University:

    Our tribute to Muhmmad Ali has disappeared, please help us locate the red bicycle we hung from our University Center( formerly Columbia Gym) in Muhmmad Ali honor.

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