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
Our Mexican friends and neighbors had a different definition: Two tortillas, much paler but also much tastier, folded around grilled or stewed meat, onions, cilantro, maybe salsa.
That said, Menounos had a different type of brain tumor from her mother.
ArcelorMittal gave us about $30,000 for a beautiful new space that can engage children in different ways.
Different from Rebel, Singleton’s first scripted television show as an executive producer for BET earlier this year, Snowfall digs deep, very deep.
Losing the ability to smell also caused a different group of already-obese mice to lose weight, the researchers reveal today in Cell Metabolism.
If just one of those were true, the Mets would be in a much different place.
And this would make sense, because there are a number of clues in the books that point toward Ned's body looking different after he was executed.
At a meeting at the White House earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had threatened a different sort of Plan B: working with Democrats.
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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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