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differ

[dif-er] /ˈdɪf ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
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.
2.
to disagree in opinion, belief, etc.; be at variance; disagree (often followed by with or from):
His business partner always differs with him.
3.
Obsolete. to dispute; quarrel.
Origin
1325-1375
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
Related forms
undiffering, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for differ

differ

/ˈdɪfə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(often foll by from) to be dissimilar in quality, nature, or degree (to); vary (from)
2.
often foll by from or with. 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
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
v.

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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