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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When people have a specific combination of these drivers, which interact differently from one person to the next, the signs and symptoms of the disease emerge. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 For money managers, the securities provide diversification into an asset class that behaves differently than standard bonds or stocks. Ben Eisen, WSJ, "Travel Boom Fuels Bond Bet Tied to Airplanes," 13 Nov. 2018 One that probably ended a little differently than your recess games did. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "4 Clues That Prove Chic Is Actually Still Alive On "Riverdale"," 4 Oct. 2018 Already, the tau Fitzpatrick isolated from the Alzheimer’s brain was folded differently than tau that has been studied in labs before. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 Water does behave differently in low-gravity environments. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How NASA is learning to grow plants in space and on other worlds," 21 Sep. 2018 The Scott campaign described his numbers differently, but with a similar spin: more than 11,000 contributors, 80 percent of contributors from Florida residents, more than three-quarters of contributors gave less than $500. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Bill Nelson announces impressive fundraising haul; still dwarfed by Rick Scott," 13 July 2018 If editors had realized the connection, the incident would not have been included, or would have been described differently. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "This Correction in a New York Times Article About Vagina Selfies Is Really Something," 13 July 2018 Immigration policies impact different industries differently, based on the type of skill set needed. Ilene Bassler, Houston Chronicle, "Q&A: Strict immigration policies ripple through talent pool," 12 July 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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to make faulty or ineffective

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