Definition of different
1 : partly or totally unlike in nature, form, or quality : dissimilar could hardly be more different —often followed by from, than, or chiefly British to small, neat hand, very different from the captain's tottery characters — R. L. Stevenson vastly different in size than it was twenty-five years ago — N. M. Pusey a very different situation to the … one under which we live — Sir Winston Churchill
Is it different than or different from?
Numerous commentators have condemned different than in spite of its use since the 17th century by many of the best-known names in English literature. It is nevertheless standard and is even recommended in many handbooks when followed by a clause, because insisting on from in such instances often produces clumsy or wordy formulations. Different from, the generally safe choice, is more common especially when it is followed by a noun or pronoun.
Examples of different in a Sentence
The two brothers could not have been more different.
We need to try an entirely different approach.
They met with each other on several different occasions.
advertising that tries to be different
That movie certainly was different.
He has a very different style of dressing.
Recent Examples of different from the Web
Information is in two separate databases that are searched in different ways.
The North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament, which started in the 1940s a few blocks from Wong Park, carries on the intercity rivalry today, hosting an annual competition in a different Chinatown each Labor Day weekend.
But brick-and-mortar grocers are now having some success by offering a wider array of shopping formats for different customers.
Studies on athletes who suffer injuries and become paralyzed have found that many feel like different people afterward.
Lee has co-authored several studies about Instagram and the way it is used by different age groups.
No one likes a back seat driver, but a front seat tour guide is a different story.
Three different shots would be preferred: a head shot, a 3/4 shot, and a full-length photo.
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Synonym Discussion of different
DIFFERENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of different for English Language Learners
: not of the same kind : partly or totally unlike
: not the same
: not ordinary or common
DIFFERENT Defined for Kids
Definition of different for Students
1 : not of the same kind They come from different backgrounds.
2 : not the same We went to different schools.
3 : not ordinary That movie was certainly different.
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