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.
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That movie certainly was different.
He has a very different style of dressing.
Origin and Etymology of different
Middle English, from Latin different-, differens, present participle of differre —see differ
First Known Use: 14th century
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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