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for·mer·ly

 (fôr′mər-lē)
adv.
At an earlier time; once.

formerly

(ˈfɔːməlɪ)
adv
1. at or in a former time; in the past
2. obsolete in the immediate past; just now

for•mer•ly

(ˈfɔr mər li)

adv.
1. in time past; in an earlier period or age; previously.
2. Obs. in time just past; just now.
[1580–90]
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Adv.1.formerly - at a previous time; "at one time he loved her"; "her erstwhile writing"; "she was a dancer once";

formerly

adverb previously, earlier, in the past, at one time, before, lately, once, already, heretofore, aforetime (archaic) He had formerly been in the Navy.

formerly

adverb
At a time in the past:
Translations
سَابِقاًسابِقا، فيما مَضى
dříve
før i tidentidligere
aiemmin
nekada
forîum, fyrrum
以前は
이전에는
prej
förut
เมื่อก่อนนี้
trước đây

formerly

[ˈfɔːməlɪ] ADVantiguamente

formerly

[ˈfɔːrrli] advautrefoisformer pupil nancien(ne) élève mfform feed n (on printer)alimentation f en papier

formerly

advfrüher; she was more talkative than formerlysie war gesprächiger als sonst or vorher; the formerly communist countriesdie ehemals kommunistischen Länder; the formerly busy officedas früher so geschäftige Büro; we had formerly agreed that …wir hatten uns seinerzeit darauf geeinigt, dass …

formerly

[ˈfɔːməlɪ] advin passato, precedentemente

former

(ˈfoːmə) adjective
of an earlier time. In former times people did not travel so much.
ˈformerly adverb
in earlier times. Formerly this large town was a small village.
the former
the first of two things mentioned. We visited America and Australia, staying longer in the former than in the latter.

formerly

سَابِقاً dříve før i tiden früher άλλοτε anteriormente aiemmin anciennement nekada precedentemente 以前は 이전에는 vroeger før i tiden przedtem anteriormente прежде förut เมื่อก่อนนี้ önceki trước đây 从前
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And just at this time he obtained the tranquillity and ease of mind he had formerly striven in vain to reach.
Those dreadful moments he had lived through at the executions had as it were forever washed away from his imagination and memory the agitating thoughts and feelings that had formerly seemed so important.
They are ready enough to be your soldiers whilst you do not make war, but if war comes they take themselves off or run from the foe; which I should have little trouble to prove, for the ruin of Italy has been caused by nothing else than by resting all her hopes for many years on mercenaries, and although they formerly made some display and appeared valiant amongst themselves, yet when the foreigners came they showed what they were.
And if the Venetians and Florentines formerly extended their dominions by these arms, and yet their captains did not make themselves princes, but have defended them, I reply that the Florentines in this case have been favoured by chance, for of the able captains, of whom they might have stood in fear, some have not conquered, some have been opposed, and others have turned their ambitions elsewhere.
In the basins, the fountains, formerly so jubilantly fresh and noisy, had stopped of themselves.
His work, both on the land and on the book, in which the principles of the new land system were to be laid down, had not been abandoned; but just as formerly these pursuits and ideas had seemed to him petty and trivial in comparison with the darkness that overspread all life, now they seemed as unimportant and petty in comparison with the life that lay before him suffused with the brilliant light of happiness.
Yet the Indians formerly chose it as a place of residence
formerly of Zurich, had ever achieved in his life was the action he performed at Brighton on the 29th instant.
No sooner would this become evident than the NORTHERN HIVE would excite the same ideas and sensations in the more southern parts of America which it formerly did in the southern parts of Europe.
but the society of many families, which was first instituted for their lasting, mutual advantage, is called a village, and a village is most naturally composed of the descendants of one family, whom some persons call homogalaktes, the children and the children's children thereof: for which reason cities were originally governed by kings, as the barbarian states now are, which are composed of those who had before submitted to kingly government; for every family is governed by the elder, as are the branches thereof, on account of their relationship thereunto, which is what Homer says, "Each one ruled his wife and child;" and in this scattered manner they formerly lived.
By comparing which with the former, the reader may possibly correct some abuse which he hath formerly been guilty of in the application of the word love.
But I will pass over this way of escaping from the difficulty; for I believe that many perfectly defined species have been formed on strictly continuous areas; though I do not doubt that the formerly broken condition of areas now continuous has played an important part in the formation of new species, more especially with freely-crossing and wandering animals.

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