What does differ mean?

Definitions for differˈdɪf ər

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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"

Wiktionary

  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Differ

    dif′ėr, v.i. to be unlike, distinct, or various (used by itself, or followed by with, from, to): to disagree (with from, with): to fall out, dispute (with):—pr.p. diff′ering; pa.p. diff′ered.—ns. Diff′erence, Diff′erency (Shak.), dissimilarity: the quality distinguishing one thing from another: a contention or quarrel: the point in dispute: the excess of one quantity or number over another: (her.) the modification of an achievement of arms to indicate the wearer's relation to the head of the house, as by marks of cadency.—v.t. to make a difference between things.—adj. Diff′erent, distinct: separate: unlike: not the same (with from, not to).—n. Differen′tia (logic), the characteristic quality or attribute of a species.—adj. Differen′tial, creating a difference: special: (math.) pertaining to a quantity or difference infinitely small (see Calculus).—adv. Differen′tially.—v.t. Differen′tiāte, to make different: to create a difference between: to classify as different.—v.i. to become different by specialisation: (math.) to obtain the differential or differential coefficient of.—n. Differentiā′tion, the act of distinguishing or describing a thing by giving its differentia: exact definition: a change by which organs or structures become specialised or modified: (math.) the act or process of differentiating.—adv. Diff′erently.—Differential gear, gear for communicating differential motion; Differential motion, an apparatus by which the difference of two velocities is communicated, as in the Differential screw, a combination of male and female screws; Differential thermometer, a thermometer for marking minute differences of temperature. [L. differredif (= dis), apart, ferre, to bear.]

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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of differ in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of differ in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Clarence Darrow:

    To think is to differ.

  2. Aristotle:

    The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.

  3. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan:

    President (Putin) has a different assessment to us, we agree a solution is needed, but we differ on the means.

  4. Robert Lynd:

    There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.

  5. Joseph Addison:

    If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling.

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