differ

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verb dif·fer \ˈdi-fər\

Definition of differ

differed

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differing

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  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to be unlike or distinct in nature, form, or characteristics the law of one state differs from that of anotherb :  to change from time to time or from one instance to another :  vary the number of cookies in a box may differ

  3. 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

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


First Known Use: 15th century



DIFFER Defined for English Language Learners

differ

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Definition of differ for English Language Learners

  • : to be different

  • : to have opinions that don't agree


DIFFER Defined for Kids

differ

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verb dif·fer \ˈdi-fər\

Definition of differ for Students

differed

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differing

  1. 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. 2 :  disagree 1 We differ on how best to proceed.



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