Definition of differ
1a : 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>
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>
Origin and Etymology of differ
Middle English, from Medieval French or Latin; Medieval French differer to postpone, be different, from Latin differre, from dis- + ferre to carry — more at bear
First Known Use: 15th century
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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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