dif·fer·ent·ly | \ˈdi-fərnt-lē, ˈdi-f(ə-)rənt-\

Definition of differently 

1 : in a different manner

2 : otherwise

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Synonyms & Antonyms for differently


else, other (than), otherwise



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Examples of differently in a Sentence

we do things differently around here

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Still, agencies within the United Nations sometimes interpret that differently. New York Times, "U.N. Cases Read Like ‘Manual in How Not to Investigate’ Sexual Assault," 29 June 2018 Some travelers were detained at airports, while others were allowed to enter the U.S. Travelers and lawyers scrambled to decipher the policy, saying Customs and Border Protection officers interpreted the order differently at different locations. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Will there be chaos at the airport? Not likely. A travel ban has been in place since December.," 26 June 2018 Other polling companies appear to have interpreted the law differently. Cam Simpson, Bloomberg.com, "Brexit’s Big Short: How Pollsters Helped Hedge Funds Beat the Crash," 25 June 2018 Kalim Ahmed, the president of Hagerstown’s only mosque, saw it differently. Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post, "Maryland mayor criticized for calling London’s Muslim mayor a ‘terrorist’," 12 July 2018 Workers see it differently, said Michael Horecki, a spokesman for their union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Wisconsin worker nearly tripled his pay last year by working 95 hours a week and others cashed in, as well," 9 July 2018 But home plate umpire Chris Segal saw it differently, ruling the pitch struck Gomez's bat for a strike. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Sleep-deprived Marlins wake up late to take down Rays in 3-0 win," 4 July 2018 Ramiro Cavazos, president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, sees it differently. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Chambers split on RK Group subcontract," 2 July 2018 No surprise that Associated General Contractors of America, an organization of builders, sees things differently. Peter Coy, Bloomberg.com, "Activists Finger Nine Highway-Construction ‘Boondoggles’," 27 June 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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not any or not one

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