The word "previous" is an adjective that means before.
Jake’s previous job was in the construction industry. Now he’s a mechanic.
Laura’s previous apartment was too small, so she moved.
I’m sorry I’m late. I had a previous appointment that went long. (to go long = more time than expected)
We discussed all of this in a previous meeting. Don’t you remember?
Add "ly" to the end of "previous" to form the adverb, "previously."
The information was not known to the general public previously.
Do you know where she worked previously?
They were previously engaged to get married, but something happened and they called off the wedding.
Previously, on All My Children, Erica discovered something disturbing about her new husband. (A description like this one exemplifies an update for viewers of a television program such as a soap opera.)