Differ
Differ Dif"fer, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Differed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Differing}.] [L. differre; dif- = dis- + ferre to bear, carry: cf. F. diff['e]rer. See 1st {Bear}, and cf. {Defer}, {Delay}.] 1. To be or stand apart; to disagree; to be unlike; to be distinguished; -- with from. [1913 Webster]

One star differeth from another star in glory. --1 Cor. xv. 41. [1913 Webster]

Minds differ, as rivers differ. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. To be of unlike or opposite opinion; to disagree in sentiment; -- often with from or with. [1913 Webster]

3. To have a difference, cause of variance, or quarrel; to dispute; to contend. [1913 Webster]

We 'll never differ with a crowded pit. --Rowe.

Syn: To vary; disagree; dissent; dispute; contend; oppose; wrangle.

Usage: -- To {Differ with}, {Differ from}. Both differ from and aiffer with are used in reference to opinions; as, ``I differ from you or with you in that opinion.'''' In all other cases, expressing simple unlikeness, differ from is used; as, these two persons or things differ entirely from each other. [1913 Webster]

Severely punished, not for differing from us in opinion, but for committing a nuisance. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Davidson, whom on a former occasion we quoted, to differ from him. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]

Much as I differ from him concerning an essential part of the historic basis of religion. --Gladstone. [1913 Webster]

I differ with the honorable gentleman on that point. --Brougham. [1913 Webster]

If the honorable gentleman differs with me on that subject, I differ as heartily with him, and shall always rejoice to differ. --Canning. [1913 Webster]


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  • differ — differ, vary, disagree, dissent mean to be unlike or out of harmony. Differ stresses the fact of unlikeness in kind or nature or in opinion but does not indicate except through the context the extent or degree of divergence {the houses in the row …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • differ — is widely used without any complement: • While their aims and activities differ slightly, all are clubs in the sense of recruiting members R. Brown, 1993. It can be followed by from in the meaning ‘to be unlike’: • These languages…differ from the …   Modern English usage

  • differ — ► VERB 1) be unlike or dissimilar. 2) disagree. ● agree to differ Cf. ↑agree to differ ● beg to differ Cf. ↑beg to differ ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • differ — I (disagree) verb be discordant, be incongruent, be inharmonious, bicker, cavil, clash, conflict with, contend, contradict, dispute, divide on, hold different views, object, oppose, protest, raise objections, reject, repudiate, take exception,… …   Law dictionary

  • differ — late 14c., from O.Fr. differer (14c.) and directly from L. differre to set apart, differ, from dis away from (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + ferre carry (see INFER (Cf. infer)). Two senses that were present in Latin have gone separate ways in English… …   Etymology dictionary

  • differ — [v1] be dissimilar, distinct alter, bear no resemblance, be distinguished from, be off the beaten path*, be unlike, clash with, conflict with, contradict, contrast, depart from, deviate from, digress, disagree, divaricate from, diverge, diversify …   New thesaurus

  • differ — [dif′ər] vi. [ME differen < OFr differer < L differre, to carry apart, differ < dis , apart + ferre, to bring, BEAR1] 1. to be unlike; be not the same: often with from 2. to be of opposite or unlike opinions; disagree 3. Archaic to… …   English World dictionary

  • Differ — Dif fer, v. t. To cause to be different or unlike; to set at variance. [R.] [1913 Webster] But something ts that differs thee and me. Cowley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • differ — UK [ˈdɪfə(r)] / US [ˈdɪfər] verb [intransitive] Word forms differ : present tense I/you/we/they differ he/she/it differs present participle differing past tense differed past participle differed 1) to be different from something else differ from …   English dictionary

  • differ — dif|fer [ dıfər ] verb intransitive 1. ) to be different from something else: differ in: The two animals come from the same family but differ in body shape and breeding habits. differ from: English differs from Spanish in that it is not… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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