different

adjective
dif·​fer·​ent | \ ˈdi-fərnt, ˈdi-f(ə-)rənt\

Definition of different

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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. Stevensonvastly different in size than it was twenty-five years ago— N. M. Puseya very different situation to the … one under which we live— Sir Winston Churchill
2 : not the same: such as
a : distinct different age groups
b : various different members of the class
c : another switched to a different TV program
3 : unusual, special she was different and superior

different

adverb
dif·​fer·​ent | \ ˈdi-fərnt, ˈdi-f(ə-)rənt\

Definition of different (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from different

Adjective

differentness noun

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Adjective

different, diverse, divergent, disparate, various mean unlike in kind or character. different may imply little more than separateness but it may also imply contrast or contrariness. different foods diverse implies both distinctness and marked contrast. such diverse interests as dancing and football divergent implies movement away from each other and unlikelihood of ultimate meeting or reconciliation. went on to pursue divergent careers disparate emphasizes incongruity or incompatibility. disparate notions of freedom various stresses the number of sorts or kinds. tried various methods

Is it different than or different from?: Usage Guide

Adjective

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

Adjective

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.
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Looks like the studio’s had time to work on a very different sort of game while fixing up No Man’s Sky. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "All the big reveals at The Game Awards 2018," 7 Dec. 2018 But that’s a very different thing than a safety crisis. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How electric bikes can make cities safer," 30 Nov. 2018 But how can a machine distinguish different types of material and separate each of them out? John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 Kalkin designed an open-floor plan house, separated by two different wings and linked by a courtyard in between. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best shipping container houses of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Today, a few different variations exist, but the strict keto diet calls for 70 to 80% of calories from fat, 10 to 20% from protein, and 5 to 10% from carbs. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "What Is the Keto Diet, Exactly?," 27 Dec. 2018 Once Fox had signed on as the network for Last Man Standing’s seventh season, Erika reportedly had already taken on different projects. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Is Replacing Another Favorite Character," 21 Dec. 2018 But in the area directly under the electrodes, where the resistance had changed, this ordered structure had shifted to a different form. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make RAM from a phase change we don’t entirely understand," 18 Dec. 2018 And interestingly, Monterey is actually rather different from how it's depicted in the show. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "The 'Big Little Lies' Guide to Monterey, California," 10 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

And while traveling is all about soaking in the beauty, culture and experiencing new places, the motivation to pack up and go are different between millennials and the genreal population. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Americans would rather travel to new destinations than have sex every day, study says," 28 June 2018 Is performing in London any different than performing in New York? Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Glenda Jackson on Her Return to Broadway in Three Tall Women," 23 Apr. 2018 Culturally and organizationally, the Kurds were different too. NBC News, "White House chaos jeopardizes war on ISIS, U.S. commanders warn," 30 Mar. 2018 How was that experience different from heading up a Louisville kitchen? Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Jack Fry's chef talks success in the spotlight, menu flops and his love for refried beans," 23 Jan. 2018 In a series of experiments, Digre and her colleagues tested different open-sea slaughter methods on a variety of species. Ferris Jabr, Smithsonian, "It’s Official: Fish Feel Pain," 8 Jan. 2018 The difference in pressure creates thrust that pushes the ship forward, just like how pressure different between the upper and lower sides of airplane wings allows for takeoff. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Wind Power Is Coming to Cargo Ships," 13 Oct. 2017 Things were different between Trump and the rapper back in 2004. Yohana Desta, HWD, "Eminem Unleashes Blistering Anti-Trump Rap—and Disowns Pro-Trump Fans," 11 Oct. 2017 But diplomats and numerous European leaders say the dynamics seem different now. Tracy Wilkinson, chicagotribune.com, "Does Trump's 'America first' policy cede U.S. global authority?," 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of different

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1588, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for different

Adjective

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin different-, differens, present participle of differre "to carry in varying directions, delay, differ"

Adverb

derivative of different entry 1

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The first known use of different was in the 14th century

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different

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of different

: not of the same kind : partly or totally unlike

: not the same

: not ordinary or common

different

adjective
dif·​fer·​ent | \ ˈdi-fə-rənt, ˈdi-frənt\

Kids Definition of different

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.

Other Words from different

differently adverb

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