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.

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

undiffering, adjective
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differ (ˈdɪfə)
vb (often foll by from or with)
1.  (often foll by from) to be dissimilar in quality, nature, or degree (to); vary (from)
2.  to be at variance (with); disagree (with)
3.  dialect to quarrel or dispute
4.  agree to differ to end an argument amicably while maintaining differences of opinion
[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 & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. diferer, from L. differre "to set apart, differ," from dis- "away from" + ferre "carry" (see infer). Two senses that were present in L. have gone separate ways in Eng. since c.1500 with defer (transitive) and differ (intransitive). Related: Differed; differing.
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Idioms & Phrases


see beg to differ. Also see under difference; different.

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Example sentences
As was noted above, things will differ depending on where you live and what position you hold and all that.
Experts differ in their views on the impact of today's meeting.
But in other compelling ways, the teenage killers differ.
Pricing and banner sizes differ between the primary and secondary ad slots.
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