differ
intransitive verb (differed; differing) Etymology: 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 Date: 14th century 1. a. to be unlike or distinct in nature, form, or characteristics <
the law of one state differs from that of another
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b. to change from time to time or from one instance to another ; vary <
the number of cookies in a box may differ
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2. to be of unlike or opposite opinion ; disagree <
they differ on religious matters
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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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