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Meaning of differ by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English differen, from Latin differō ( “carry apart, put off, defer; differ” ), from dis- ( “apart” ) + ferō ( “carry, bear” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈdɪfə/
    • Rhymes: -ɪfə( r )

    External links

    • differ in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • differ in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of differ by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. be of different opinions

    2. I beg to differ!
    3. be different

    4. These two tests differ in only one respect

    Definition of differ by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Differ v. i. [imp. & p. p. Differed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Differing.] [L. differre; dif- = dis- + ferre to bear, carry: cf. F. différer. See 1st Bear, and cf. Defer, Delay.]
      1. To be or stand apart; to disagree; to be unlike; to be distinguished; -- with from.

      One star differeth from another star in glory. 1 Cor. xv. 41.

      Minds differ, as rivers differ. Macaulay.

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

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

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

      Syn. -- To vary; disagree; dissent; dispute; contend; oppose; wrangle. -- 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”.

      Severely punished, not for differing from us in opinion, but for committing a nuisance. Macaulay.

      Davidson, whom on a former occasion we quoted, to differ from him. M. Arnold.

      Much as I differ from him concerning an essential part of the historic basis of religion. Gladstone.

      I differ with the honorable gentleman on that point. Brougham.

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

    2. Differ, v. t. To cause to be different or unlike; to set at variance. [R.]

      But something 'ts that differs thee and me. Cowley.