Definitions for differˈdɪf ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dif•ferˈdɪf ər(v.i.)

  1. to be unlike, dissimilar, or distinct in nature or qualities (often fol. by from).

  2. to disagree in opinion, belief, etc.; disagree (often fol. by with or from).

  3. Obs. to dispute; quarrel.

Origin of differ:

1325–75; ME < MF differer to put off, distinguish, L differre to bear apart, delay (see defer1), be different =dif-dif - +ferre to bear

Princeton's WordNet

  1. differ(verb)

    be different

    "These two tests differ in only one respect"

  2. disagree, differ, dissent, take issue(verb)

    be of different opinions

    "I beg to differ!"; "She disagrees with her husband on many questions"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. differ(verb)ˈdɪf ər

    to be different

    a new system which differs slightly from the old one; The brothers differ in character.

  2. differˈdɪf ər

    to disagree

    Experts differ on the cause of his death.


  1. differ(Verb)

    Not to have the same traits, characteristics.

  2. differ(Verb)

    To have diverging opinions, disagree.

  3. Origin: From differen, from differo, from dis- + fero.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Differ(verb)

    to be or stand apart; to disagree; to be unlike; to be distinguished; -- with from

  2. Differ(verb)

    to be of unlike or opposite opinion; to disagree in sentiment; -- often with from or with

  3. Differ(verb)

    to have a difference, cause of variance, or quarrel; to dispute; to contend

  4. Differ(verb)

    to cause to be different or unlike; to set at variance

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'differ' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4822

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'differ' in Verbs Frequency: #531

Anagrams of differ

  1. riffed

Translations for differ

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(often with from ) to be not like or alike

Our views differ; Her house differs from mine.

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