differ

verb dif·fer \ ˈdi-fər \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of differ

differed; differing play \-f(ə-)riŋ\
intransitive verb
1 a : to be unlike or distinct in nature, form, or characteristics
  • the law of one state differs from that of another
b : to change from time to time or from one instance to another : vary
  • the number of cookies in a box may differ
2 : to be of unlike or opposite opinion : disagree
  • they differ on religious matters
  • I beg to differ with your interpretation.

Examples of differ in a Sentence

  1. The two schools differ in their approach to discipline.

  2. my brother and I differ markedly in the way we handle money

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Origin and Etymology of differ

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French differer to postpone, be different, from Latin differre, from dis- + ferre to carry — more at bear

differ Synonyms

Synonyms
contrast, vary
Antonyms
compare, match
Related Words
deviate, diverge, divide, fluctuate, separate
Near Antonyms
accord, agree, conform, correspond


DIFFER Defined for English Language Learners

differ

verb

Definition of differ for English Language Learners

  • : to be different

  • : to have opinions that don't agree


DIFFER Defined for Kids

differ

verb dif·fer \ ˈdi-fər \

Definition of differ for Students

differed; differing
1 : to be unlike : be different
  • “And so, as we differ from all ordinary people, let us become friends.”
  • —L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz
2 : disagree 1
  • We differ on how best to proceed.


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