Definition of formerly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfôrmərlē/


In the past; in earlier times: Mumbai, formerly Bombay [sentence adverb]: the building formerly housed their accounting offices
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  • Such anecdotes illuminate the dry facts and dates in which the past was formerly embalmed.
  • The listed building, formerly the Marvic Hotel, has since been twice extended.
  • The first floor of Glendower House was also formerly the offices of the Tenby employment exchange.
previously, earlier, before, until now/then, hitherto, née, once, once upon a time, at one time, in the past
formal heretofore

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Syllabification: for·mer·ly

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