What does differ mean?

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ˈdɪf ərdif·fer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. differverb

    be different

    "These two tests differ in only one respect"

  2. disagree, differ, dissent, take issueverb

    be of different opinions

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


  1. differverb

    Not to have the same traits, characteristics.

  2. differverb

    To have diverging opinions, disagree.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DIFFERverb

    Etymology: differo, Latin.

    If the pipe be a little wet on the inside, it will make a differing sound from the same pipe dry. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Thy prejudices, Syphax, wont discern
    What virtues grow from ignorance and choice,
    Nor how the hero differs from the brute. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    The several parts of the same animal differ in their qualities. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    A man that is of judgment and understanding shall sometimes hear ignorant men differ, and know well within himself that those which so differ mean one thing, and yet they themselves never agree. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    There are certain measures to be kept, which may leave a tendency rather to gain than to irritate those who differ with you in their sentiments. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 19.

    Here uncontroll’d you may in judgment sit;
    We’ll never differ with a crowded pit. Nicholas Rowe.

    Others differ with me about the truth and reality of these speculations. George Cheyne, Phil. Princ.

    In things purely speculative, as these are, and no ingredients of our faith, it is free to differ from one another in our opinions and sentiments. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.



    The Dutch Research Council (NWO, Dutch: Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek) is the national research council of the Netherlands. NWO funds thousands of top researchers at universities and institutes and steers the course of Dutch science by means of subsidies and research programmes. NWO promotes quality and innovation in science. NWO is an independent administrative body under the auspices of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. NWO directs its approximate budget of 1 billion euros towards Dutch universities and institutes, often on a project basis. Also, NWO has its own research institutes and facilitates international cooperation. Current president of NWO since April 1st, 2021 is Marcel Levi. Former NWO presidents include Stan Gielen, Peter Nijkamp and Jos Engelen. NWO is also known for the annual Spinoza and Stevin Prizes.


  1. differ

    To differ generally means to be unlike or dissimilar from something or someone in nature, form or qualities. It can also refer to deviating from usual or expected opinion, behavior or view, or disagreeing with someone on a particular matter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Differverb

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

  2. Differverb

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

  3. Differverb

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

  4. Differverb

    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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Differ is ranked #152628 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Differ surname appeared 107 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Differ.

    91.5% or 98 total occurrences were White.
    4.6% or 5 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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

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  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

Examples of differ in a Sentence

  1. Albert Einstein:

    Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most People are even incapable of forming such opinions.

  2. President Obama:

    As we move toward the process of normalization, we'll have our differences, government to government, with Cuba on many issues -- just as we differ at times with other nations within the Americas, just as we differ with our closest allies, there's nothing wrong with that.

  3. Kim Chamberlain:

    Obviously, we would strongly prefer for states to defer to federal regulation, state legislation would be hugely problematic - it would be very difficult to train and supervise people if the rules differ from state to state on such a complex topic.

  4. Danu Stinson:

    They're cuddling by the fire, they're going on trips together, they're introducing their friends to their family, but they're very clear that those are friendships, it really makes me think about the definitions that we have about friendship and romance, and how those things differ, and I just like how messy it all is.

  5. Liz Abunaw:

    The assumption there is a single player in the nation that will work in every market is proving to not be true, even in Chicago, the solutions differ by neighborhood.

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