verb dif·fer \ˈdi-fər\

: to be different

: to have opinions that don't agree

dif·fereddif·fer·ing \-f(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of DIFFER

intransitive verb
a :  to be unlike or distinct in nature, form, or characteristics <the law of one state differs from that of another>
b :  to change from time to time or from one instance to another :  vary <the number of cookies in a box may differ>
:  to be of unlike or opposite opinion :  disagree <they differ on religious matters>

Examples of DIFFER

  1. The two schools differ in their approach to discipline.
  2. <my brother and I differ markedly in the way we handle money>

Origin of DIFFER

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French differer to postpone, be different, from Latin differre, from dis- + ferre to carry — more at bear
First Known Use: 14th century

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