- 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.
Origin of differ
Related Words for differvary, disagree, diverge, modify, contradict, alter, contrast, squabble, divide, dissent, quarrel, turn, qualify, diversify, digress, reverse, contend, bicker, discord, disaccord
Examples from the Web for differ
Contemporary Examples of differ
Unlike Maryland, national costs for institutionalization as opposed to HCBS do not differ by an order of magnitude.Medicaid Will Give You Money for At-Home Care, but You Might Wait Years
December 2, 2014
Unlike Axler, Pacino says he has yet to lose his, though many critics would beg to differ.Al Pacino Does What He Wants to Do: 'The Humbling,' Scorsese, and That 'Scarface' Remake
September 9, 2014
The soil variations are acute enough that they can differ radically from one side of a road to another.Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards
August 31, 2014
My Netflix account and, more importantly, my wallet would beg to differ.Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman
July 28, 2014
But a world of people who care so very passionately about figure skating for exactly 10 days every four years beg to differ.Sotnikova Beat Kim Yu-Na? Figure Skating Is Probably Corrupt (But We Knew That)
February 21, 2014
Historical Examples of differ
There only remains to examine the opinions of those who differ from me.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II]
Benedict of Spinoza
Up to this point all aviators agree, but as to the best form most of them differ.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Fortifications of the future will differ curiously from those of the present.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
From which virtuous and venomous opinion the undersigned begs to differ.
He did not differ from those around him in any respect, except that he did not carry a rifle.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
- (often foll by from) to be dissimilar in quality, nature, or degree (to); vary (from)
- (often foll by from or with) to be at variance (with); disagree (with)
- dialect to quarrel or dispute
- agree to differ to end an argument amicably while maintaining differences of opinion
Word Origin for differ
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.
see beg to differ. Also see under difference; different.