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'former' - used as an adjective
1. referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several)
the novel was made into a film in 1943 and again in 1967; I prefer the former version to the latter one
2. belonging to some prior time
our former glory
3. (used especially of persons) of the immediate past
the former president
4. belonging to the distant past
former generations

'former' - used as a noun
5. the first of two or the first mentioned of two
Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today
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