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formerly

Definition:

at a previous time

Class:

adverb (modifies a verb, adjective, or other adverb)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

at one time | erst | erstwhile | once | aforetime [archaic] | beforetime [archaic] | erewhile [archaic] | whilom [archaic]

Etymology:

former + -ly
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

formerly | aforetime [archaic, synonym] | beforetime [archaic, synonym]

at or in a former time; in the past | [obsolete] in the immediate past; just now (16 of 461 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/formerly

Merriam-Webster:

formerly | beforetime [archaic] | erstwhile [adverb, archaic] | whilom [adverb, archaic] | previously [synonym, sense-specific] | once [synonym, sense-specific] | onetime [synonym, sense-specific] | after [antonym, sense-specific] | afterward [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

at an earlier time; "previously" | [obsolete] just before (8 of 84 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/formerly

Macmillan British Dictionary:

formerly

in the past (3 of 42 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/formerly

Oxford Dictionary:

formerly

in the past; in earlier times (6 of 42 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/formerly

Random House Dictionary:

formerly | beforetime [archaic]

in time past; in an earlier period or age; previously. | [obsolete] in time just past; just now. (17 of 27 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/formerly

Cambridge Dictionary:

formerly [formal]

in the past (3 of 16 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/formerly

Wiktionary:

formerly | previously [synonym, sense-specific] | once [synonym, sense-specific]

at some time in the past | previously; once (8 of 16 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/formerly

New World Dictionary:

formerly | beforetime [archaic]

at or in a former or earlier time; in the past (11 of 14 words, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

formerly | beforetime [archaic]

At an earlier time; once. (5 of 8 words, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Erstwhile [disambiguation]

a word referring to "In the past; at a former time; formerly." It may also refer to: Erstwhile Records (19 of 70 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Erstwhile

Encarta Dictionary:

formerly

during or at an earlier period, but no longer (9 of 18 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861613060​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Wiktionary:

formerly

Origin: former + -ly

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/formerly

former | formers [plural]

Origin: Middle English former, comparative of forme ("first"), from Old English forma ("first").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/former

-ly

Origin: Middle English -ly, -li, -lich, from Old English -līċ, from Proto-Germanic *-līkaz ("having ... | Old English -līċe. (17 of 42 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ly

Audio references

Wiktionary:

formerly

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "formerly"

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Collins Dictionary:

formerly

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "formerly"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/formerly

Macmillan American Dictionary:

formerly

Audio: North American pronunciation of "formerly"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/formerly

Macmillan British Dictionary:

formerly

Audio: British English pronunciation of "formerly"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

formerly [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "formerly"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "formerly"

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the Free Dictionary:

formerly

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "formerly"

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Google Dictionary:

formerly

Audio: English pronunciation of "formerly"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

formerly

Audio: North American pronunciation of "formerly"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=former​03 word=formerly

YourDictionary Audio:

formerly

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "formerly" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

formerly

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