differently

adverb
dif·​fer·​ent·​ly | \ ˈdi-f(ə-)rənt-lē How to pronounce differently (audio) , ˈdi-fərnt-\

Definition of differently

1 : in a different manner
2 : otherwise

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Synonyms & Antonyms for differently

Synonyms

else, other (than), otherwise

Antonyms

likewise

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Examples of differently in a Sentence

we do things differently around here

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Nominees typically don't make promises to presidents or senators, at least not in public, and justices have often ruled differently from the bench than their White House benefactors expected. Jay Willis, GQ, "Why Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Is Even Worse Than You Think," 27 June 2018 Secondly, this drug works differently from all the other — and there aren’t that many other — flu drugs on the market. Helen Branswell, STAT, "A flu drug — shown to reduce the duration of symptoms — could upend treatment in U.S.," 27 June 2018 The ultimate effect of the directive is murky, in part because it will be translated into law differently in different countries. Klint Finley, WIRED, "Europe Considers a New Copyright Law. Here's Why That Matters," 20 June 2018 Digital companies, in particular, are valued differently from industrial giants like GE, three business school professors argued in the Harvard Business Review. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Meaninglessness of the Stock Market Index in a Digital World," 20 June 2018 Kangaroos and other marsupials develop differently from most mammals, splitting the developmental process that usually happens in the womb into two. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Why Rescued Kangaroo Joeys Need Handmade Pouches," 13 June 2018 Some people argue that the police could have handled the case differently. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Susan Cox Powell's Sister Reveals What She Believes Really Happened to Her," 4 May 2019 Everyone’s body handles caffeine differently, of course. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is Coffee Actually Dehydrating?," 6 Mar. 2019 However, Alexander said the Women’s March could have handled the criticisms differently. Anna North, Vox, "The Women’s March changed the American left. Now anti-Semitism allegations threaten the group’s future.," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of differently

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for differently

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

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