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[dif-er] /ˈdɪf ər/
verb (used without object)
to be unlike, dissimilar, or distinct in nature or qualities (often followed by from):
The two writers differ greatly in their perceptions of the world. Each writer's style differs from that of another.
to disagree in opinion, belief, etc.; be at variance; disagree (often followed by with or from):
His business partner always differs with him.
Obsolete. to dispute; quarrel.
Origin of differ
1325-75; Middle English differren to distinguish < Middle French differer to put off, distinguish, Latin differre to bear apart, put off, delay (see defer1) be different, equivalent to dif- dif- + ferre to bear
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undiffering, adjective Unabridged
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  • The forms in most cases do not differ greatly from those to which we are accustomed.

  • There only remains to examine the opinions of those who differ from me.

  • Since, therefore, in all other things we differ from them, shall we agree with them in our sentiments respecting death?

  • They differ in education, in habits, in forms of thought; but they are called by the same name.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • This Supreme Deity and all the gods resemble men and differ only in the fact that they are immortal.

    Ocean to Ocean on Horseback Willard Glazier
British Dictionary definitions for differ


verb (intransitive)
(often foll by from) to be dissimilar in quality, nature, or degree (to); vary (from)
often foll by from or with. to be at variance (with); disagree (with)
(dialect) to quarrel or dispute
agree to differ, to end an argument amicably while maintaining differences of opinion
Word Origin
C14: from Latin differre, literally: to bear off in different directions, hence scatter, put off, be different, from dis- apart + ferre to bear
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Word Origin and History for differ

late 14c., from Old French differer (14c.) and directly from Latin differre "to set apart, differ," from dis- "away from" (see dis-) + ferre "carry" (see infer).

Two senses that were present in Latin have gone separate ways in English since c.1500 with defer (transitive) and differ (intransitive). Related: Differed; differing.

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