Definition of formerly in English:



  • In the past; in earlier times.

    ‘Mumbai, formerly Bombay’
    ‘the building formerly housed the National Assembly’
    • ‘I stared at the space that had formerly been occupied by the noticeboard.’
    • ‘A pub named after him can be found on Broadwick Street, formerly Broad Street, in London.’
    • ‘The premises had also formerly operated as a guesthouse, and it faces on to Eyre Square.’
    • ‘The Conigre development transformed a formerly derelict area of the town into new homes.’
    • ‘Gibson, who formerly worked in both private and public sector health care, sees some signs of change.’
    • ‘The nightclub was formerly Cloud Nine and had been in existence in the city for more than 20 years.’
    • ‘The first floor of Glendower House was also formerly the offices of the Tenby employment exchange.’
    • ‘It was formerly a health centre but for over a year had been empty and unused.’
    • ‘This was part of the redevelopment of the whole area formerly covered by the docks.’
    • ‘Above all, the idea was to create a beacon to further development in a formerly dilapidated area.’
    • ‘There is already a gated road formerly designated an emergency entrance to and exit from the hospital site.’
    • ‘His wife, Vanessa, formerly a Bradford probation officer, is now a divorce mediator.’
    • ‘A chartered accountant by profession, he was formerly head of Clydesdale Bank Equity.’
    • ‘Such anecdotes illuminate the dry facts and dates in which the past was formerly embalmed.’
    • ‘Wagg Foods was formerly known as Page Feeds, which was founded in Tadcaster in 1923.’
    • ‘The club formerly had its own grass courts at the top of Kingsbury Street but these were sold for redevelopment.’
    • ‘It has a long and proud history and the building was formerly a row of weavers' cottages.’
    • ‘What benefit to the public is there to pay salaries to those who formerly entered politics as a vocational choice?’
    • ‘Of course, ignominious ends for formerly beautiful actresses is a tale familiar to the point of cliche.’
    • ‘The listed building, formerly the Marvic Hotel, has since been twice extended.’
    previously, earlier, earlier on, before, until now, until then, hitherto, née, once, as was, once upon a time, at one time, at an earlier time, in the past, in days gone by, back in the day, in years gone by, in times gone by, in bygone days, in times past, in former times, in earlier times, time was when
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