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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Twitter has answered these questions differently at various points throughout its history, and its design has tended to emphasize whatever identity it’s assumed at the time. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Inside Story of Twitter's New Redesign," 15 July 2019 Democrats view the impeachment story a little differently than the public as a whole, but even within that smaller Democratic pool, these candidates are going to be talking to specific audiences. Dante Chinni, NBC News, "Support for impeachment falls as 2020 heats up," 14 July 2019 And Davis came to understand her mission differently. Ephrat Livni, Quartz Africa, "What Ugandans can teach each of us about justice," 14 July 2019 There are indirect ways of encouraging districts to behave differently, though. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Five takeaways from the first meeting of Colorado’s new school safety committee," 13 July 2019 Everything from sunburns to acne scars can present differently in skin of color. Tatiana Walk-morris, SELF, "5 Things People of Color Should Know About Taking Care of Their Skin," 12 July 2019 The same situation could play out very differently a day later. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 10 July 2019 President Donald Trump is playing it differently this year. The Economist, "Donald Trump rebrands Independence Day," 3 July 2019 The game played differently as the Lions did not create as many chances against Columbus compared to Wednesday’s contest. Luis Torres, Pro Soccer USA, "Chris Mueller, Tesho Akindele score as Orlando City defeats Columbus Crew," 30 June 2019

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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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