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

Example Sentences

we do things differently around here
Recent Examples on the Web The same survey found 50 percent of people felt that their coaches, trainers and teachers treated them differently after learning of their Type 1 diagnosis. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Nov. 2022 Most bison in North America are in commercial herds, treated no differently than cattle. Matthew Brown, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Nov. 2022 Sephora does things a little differently for Black Friday. Daisy Maldonado, SELF, 1 Nov. 2022 It wasn’t lost on him that the team’s newcomers see it a little differently. oregonlive, 22 Oct. 2022 Forty years later, Bowie once again prompted Morgen to see the world and his place in it a little differently. Time, 20 Sep. 2022 Clearly, our next Supreme Governor of the Church of England plans to do the job a little differently. Robert Jobson, ABC News, 17 Sep. 2022 Student loans are treated differently in bankruptcy proceedings than other forms of consumer debt. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 In a report sent to Mayor Daniel Biss, the Evanston City Council and city administration, 25 of the 33 participating staff members say they have been discriminated against or treated differently due to their race. Corey Schmidt, Chicago Tribune, 17 Nov. 2022 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 10 Dec. 2022.

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