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
Different groups of businesses will be invited to discuss Brexit every couple of months.
But today, HBO announced that Benioff and Weiss will return to the network with a totally different show—
Easels holding different maps and sounding boards were arranged in the center of the room.
Another study published in Clinical Neurophysiology in 2003 divided 10 young adults into five experimental groups, each of which tried a different intervention in the middle of computer tasks.
Gerhardstein said that the legal bar isn't any lower or higher for such charges as compared with state murder charges, just different.
The game could have taken on a much different tone if the Wildcats had taken advantage of a bases-loaded situation with not outs in the second against St. Charles North starter Lucas Heflen.
This could result in a range of attacks as different terrorist groups try to demonstrate their vitality and capabilities.
While hardly lacking in narrative tension, your project has morphed into something altogether different.
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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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