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Definition of "differ" []

  • To be dissimilar or unlike in nature, quality, amount, or form: Ambition differs from greed. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be of a different opinion; disagree: The critic differed with the author on several facts. (verb-intransitive)
  • Obsolete To quarrel; dispute. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "differ" in a sentence
  • "The designations of the title differ; what is stated above was probably the fact."
  • "Where he and I would differ is that I think that the ability of government to devise a "solution" to the problem of future adjustments to the availability of educated labor from other countries is minimal compared to that of the decentralized trial-and-error groping mechanism of the market."
  • "I'm not sure why my numbers on foreign versus US scientists differ from the abstract (their 39 and 15 versus my 37 and 17), my guess is that they have opportunistically included 2 scientists who have some minor US connection as being from here."