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Former, 1) most forward, anterior: “our f. ensign,” Caes. V, 1, 80.
2) preceding: “this simulation is not as the f.” Tw. II, 5, 152. “a third is like the f.” Mcb. IV, 1, 115. “o'erborne in the f. wave,” Cymb. V, 3, 48.
3) previous, antecedent, aforesaid: “speak your f. language,” Meas. II, 4, 140. “we do lock our f. scruple in our strong-barred gates,” John II, 370. “speak again, not all thy f. tale, but this one word,” III, 1, 25. “bear my f. answer back,” H5 IV, 3, 90. “maintain the f. words thou spakest,” H6A III, 4, 31. “the f. agents, if they did complain, what could the belly answer?” Cor. I, 1, 127. “your f. promise,” Cor. I, 1, 127 “my f. sum,” Tim. II, 1, 2. “my f. speeches have but hit your thoughts,” Mcb. III, 6, 1 (== what I said hitherto). “my f. lecture,” Hml. II, 1, 67 (== given hitherto). “my f. suit,” Oth. III, 4, 110. “our f. having,” IV, 3, 92. “thou must not take my f. sharpness ill,” Ant. III, 3, 38.
4) first mentioned of two (opposed to latter): Ant. III, 13, 80. Per. III, 2, 30.
5) having happened or existed in time past; old, gone: Sonn. 56, 4. 59, 4. 59, 4 123, 4. Gentl. II, 4, 194. V, 4, 142. Ado V, 4, 65. Mids. III, 2, 457. As V, 4, 192. Shr. Ind. 2, 124. IV, 2, 30. Wint. V, 1, 30. Wint. V, 1, 30 V, 2, 122. R2 V, 1, 18. H4B III, 1, 42. IV, 5, 216. V, 5, 62. H5 I, 2, 124. V, 2, 63. V, 2, 63 H6A IV, 4, 6. H6C I, 4, 45. III, 3, 7. III, 3, 7 III, 3, 7 R3 II, 1, 24. H8 I, 1, 18. H8 I, 1, 18 Cor. II, 1, 150. V, 3, 202 (a f. fortune == a fortune like that of old). Tim. V, 1, 127. Tim. V, 1, 127 Mcb. I, 2, 65. II, 4, 4. III, 2, 15. Hml. III, 2, 174. Lr. I, 3, 9. Oth. V, 2, 9. Ant. I, 2, 33 (a fairer f. fortune). III, 13, 145. IV, 15, 53.
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