Definition of differ
1a : to be unlike or distinct in nature, form, or characteristics the law of one state differs from that of anotherb : to change from time to time or from one instance to another : vary the number of cookies in a box may differ
2 : to be of unlike or opposite opinion : disagree they differ on religious matters I beg to differ with your interpretation.
Examples of differ in a Sentence
The two schools differ in their approach to discipline.
my brother and I differ markedly in the way we handle money
Recent Examples of differ from the Web
There are differing opinions concerning the meaning of hok (commonly translated as statute), the type of law discussed at the beginning of this week's portion.
All eight teams at the College World Series call pitches from the bench, which for decades has been an accepted practice across the N.C.A.A. That differs from Major League Baseball, where catchers call the games with minimal dugout input.
That differs from a couple of other national surveys conducted in recent years.
One Camarasaurus certainly differed from the next just as people do (or any other organism!).
Mulvaney and Mnuchin have also differed on when the government will run out of money.
Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, and Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, differed over whether the president believes climate change is man-made.
As there is no global mandatory sizing standard, sizes will differ between brands and different markets.
To be sure, proposing to use an adversary’s lines of communication seems to be a harebrained idea indicative of blundering naivete and hubris, but accounts differ on who suggested it, and the plan seems to never have been enacted anyway.
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Definition of differ for English Language Learners
: to be different
: to have opinions that don't agree
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