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


else, other (than), otherwise



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Examples of differently in a Sentence

we do things differently around here

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The tariff standoff is a complicated issue for the EU -- each country is exposed to different sectors, and could be impacted differently in the event of an escalation. Arne Delfs, Bloomberg.com, "G-7 Leaders Race to Salvage Consensus," 8 June 2018 While the This Is Us audience and Chrissy might interpret Kate's actions differently, the actress still welcomes any and all fan feedback. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Chrissy Metz Says This Is Us Fans Have Kate All Wrong," 19 Mar. 2019 Ollie, who is black, plans to file a racial discrimination complaint against UConn, saying the school treated him differently from former coach Jim Calhoun, who is white and wasn’t fired after being penalized for recruiting violations. Dave Collins, The Seattle Times, "Judge dismisses ex-UConn coach Ollie’s complaint over firing," 5 Feb. 2019 His sense is that there may be something in the psychology of liberals and conservatives that causes them to react differently to misinformation, but at this point, the evidence is thin. Ezra Klein, Vox, "A new theory for why Republicans and Democrats see the world differently," 18 Dec. 2018 That's because your body moves and reacts differently in both cases. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple Watch Series 4 review: A bigger, better watchOS experience," 26 Sep. 2018 To many, this may still seem extreme, but consider how people sometimes react differently to injuries or deaths in other activities, such as concussions in football or crashes in NASCAR. Smithsonian, "Andean Solstice Celebrations Capture the Wondrous Churn of Spacetime," 22 June 2018 Our son is currently into orange, and his parents react differently when his guess reflects this. Jen Gann, The Cut, "Watching My Husband Become a Weird Dad," 14 June 2018 Students of the central bank see it differently, contending that the Fed could lose credibility with the markets if it is seen as caving to pressure from Mr. Trump, who is preparing to run for re-election in 2020. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "Jerome Powell Is ‘100% Safe’ at Fed, Trump Economic Adviser Says," 26 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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The first known use of differently was in the 14th century

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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