What did former mean?
Definition of former
past, long past, or ancient: in former times. preceding in order; being the first of two: Our former manufacturing process was too costly. being the first mentioned of two (distinguished from latter): The former suggestion was preferred to the latter.
Is former a past?
You use former when you are talking about someone or something in the past.
What is former used for?
The terms former and latter are words used to distinguish between two things. Former directs us to the first of these two things, and latter directs us to the second (or last) of them.