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 for Former
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Former \For"mer\, a. [A compar. due to OE. formest. See
     1. Preceding in order of time; antecedent; previous; prior;
        earlier; hence, ancient; long past.
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              For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age. --Job.
                                                    viii. 8.
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              The latter and former rain.           --Hosea vi. 3.
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     3. Near the beginning; preceeding; as, the former part of a
        discourse or argument.
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     3. Earlier, as between two things mentioned together; first
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              A bad author deserves better usage than a bad
              critic; a man may be the former merely through the
              misfortune of an ill judgment; but he can not be
              latter without both that and an ill temper. --Pope.
     Syn: Prior; previous; anterior; antecedent; preceding;
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Former \Form"er\, n.
     1. One who forms; a maker; a creator.
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     2. (Mech.)
        (a) A shape around which an article is to be shaped,
            molded, woven wrapped, pasted, or otherwise
        (b) A templet, pattern, or gauge by which an article is
        (c) A cutting die.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 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" [ant: latter(a)]
      2: belonging to some prior time; "erstwhile friend"; "our former
         glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her quondam lover"
         [syn: erstwhile(a), former(a), old, onetime(a), one-
         time(a), quondam(a), sometime(a)]
      3: (used especially of persons) of the immediate past; "the
         former president"; "our late President is still very active";
         "the previous occupant of the White House" [syn: former(a),
         late(a), previous(a)]
      4: belonging to the distant past; "the early inhabitants of
         Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times" [syn:
         early(a), former(a), other(a)]
      n 1: the first of two or the first mentioned of two; "Tom and
           Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered
           today" [ant: latter]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  56 Moby Thesaurus words for "former":
     aforementioned, aforenamed, aforesaid, ancient, antecedent,
     antediluvian, anterior, anticipatory, beforementioned, bygone,
     ci-devant, departed, earlier, early, elder, eldest, erstwhile,
     first, first-born, firstling, fore, foregoing, forementioned,
     forenamed, immemorial, last, late, latest, major, named, old,
     olden, older, oldest, once, onetime, past, precedent, preceding,
     precurrent, preexistent, prehistoric, previous, prime, primeval,
     primitive, primogenitary, prior, quondam, recent, said, same,
     senior, sometime, then, whilom

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