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differ

[dif-er]
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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.
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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
Related formsun·dif·fer·ing, adjective
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  • Travelers have differed in their measurements of this stupendous growth.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • But we differed so entirely it was impossible it should last.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • It differed from any of the native spears of East Africa both in form and in weight.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • One, however, as Martha and Mary were in principle, they differed in character.

  • The great war of America differed widely from the great wars of Europe.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler


British Dictionary definitions for differed

differ

verb (intr)
  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
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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 differed

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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Idioms and Phrases with differed

differ

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

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