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Meaning of different by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English, from Latin differēns, present active participle of differō ( “I differ” ); see differ .


    • IPA: /ˈdɪf.əɹ.ənt/, /ˈdɪf.ɹənt/, X-SAMPA: /"dIf.@( r ).@nt/, /"dIf.r@nt/
    • Hyphenation: dif‧fer‧ent


    different ( comparative more different, superlative most different )

    1. Not the same; exhibiting a difference
    2. Various, assorted, diverse.
    3. Distinct, separate; used for emphasis after numbers and other determiners of quantity .
      Several different scientists all reached this conclusion at about the same time .
    4. Unlike most others; unusual .

    Usage notes




    different ( plural: differents )

    1. ( mathematics ) The different ideal .

    External links

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


Explanation of different by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. differing from all others

    2. advertising that strives continually to be different
      this new music is certainly different but I don't really like it
    3. marked by dissimilarity

    4. people are profoundly different
    5. unlike in nature or quality or form or degree

    6. took different approaches to the problem
      came to a different conclusion
      different parts of the country
      on different sides of the issue
      this meeting was different from the earlier one
    7. distinctly separate from the first

    8. that's another ( or different ) issue altogether
    9. distinct or separate

    10. each interviewed different members of the community