dif·​fer·​ent·​ly ˈdi-f(ə-)rənt-lē How to pronounce differently (audio)
: in a different manner

Examples of differently in a Sentence

we do things differently around here
Recent Examples on the Web The holiday is celebrated differently all over the world, but most festivities include lion and dragon dances, parades, and fireworks. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 The White House Correspondents dinner can be a tough gig, with jokes landing differently due to the heavy political atmosphere. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 9 Feb. 2024 For starters, the countries’ laws apply differently. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 The pharmaceutical chiefs testified that prices are lower in other countries because the US health system operates differently. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 But Glasson later came to view him differently, for reasons that are still unclear. Robert Draper, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 People always talk about what the showrunners could have done differently. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Feb. 2024 Different geomancy masters may interpret the data differently, but there is usually a consensus on what the year means for each zodiac animal based on the positions of the stars. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 8 Feb. 2024 But an alternative is that Mimas' rocky core is oddly shaped, creating an opportunity for the gravitational pull of Saturn and the other moons to torque it somewhat differently each orbit. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English differentliche, differently, from different different entry 1 + -liche, -ly -ly entry 2

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of differently was in the 14th century

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“Differently.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/differently. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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