# former

### Pronunciation

 Positive former Comparative none Superlative none
1. (usually before the noun) A former $x$ (e.g., president, country, wife) used to be the $x$ but is not anymore.
Former president Clinton was giving a speech at the school.
2. The former is the first of two things that have already been talked about.
I've taught in high school and university. The former (i.e., high school) is more exciting, but university is less stressful.