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Differ \Dif"fer\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Differed; p. pr. & vb. n. Differing.] [L. differre; dif- = dis- + ferre to bear, carry: cf. F. diff['e]rer. 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.

  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.

    Syn: To vary; disagree; dissent; dispute; contend; oppose; wrangle.

    Usage: -- 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.

    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.

    I differ with the honorable gentleman on that point.

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


vb. (en-past of: differ)

Usage examples of "differed".

Furthermore, since chiefs required menial servants as well as specialized craftspeople, chiefdoms differed from tribes in having many jobs that could be filled by slaves, typically obtained by capture in raids.

Though its signal was weak, it hadn't differed from the new cores the geologists were planting.

The vegetation in the lower portion differed drastically from that of the plain.

He shared her interests, but his pet theories differed wildly from hers.

And now that they were all on-site, while he was distant, he was also completely cooperative, and his behavior in no way differed from his behavior on previous digs.

We did not even screen or broadcast data from other worlds, so our people's way of speech changed little, and those changes differed from those in the Central Worlds, which had dealings with many other worlds and cultures.

The generators at Jerhattan Space Port differed from the battery-powered ones he'd had to use in emergencies.

Anyway, only the catering and lounge facilities differed with the price of the ticket: the leisure decks were unrestricted.

This occasion differed in that the night chant was at the beginning of the latchkay instead of at the end.

The drum message was being repeated for emphasis by the time I had reached the upper level of the Hold proper, but the second message differed in no particular from the first.

There was such a risk in a transfusion: despite the similarity in colour, blood differed from person to person.

Since dragons differed in capacity and readiness, each rider had to find out for himself what his beast's peculiarities were.

He had heard the story from both Kindan and M’tal, although their accounts differed: a playfight in the Harper Hall’s Archives had caused a fire that had burned countless old Records to ashes.

However, these early Homo sapiens still differed from us in skeletal details, had brains significantly smaller than ours, and were grossly different from us in their artifacts and behavior.

Thus, Polynesian island societies differed greatly in their economic specialization, social complexity, political organization, and material products, related to differences in population size and density, related in turn to differences in island area, fragmentation, and isolation and in opportunities for subsistence and for intensifying food production.