- 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 differedvary, disagree, diverge, modify, contradict, alter, contrast, squabble, divide, dissent, quarrel, turn, qualify, diversify, digress, reverse, contend, bicker, discord, disaccord
Examples from the Web for differed
Contemporary Examples of differed
The ASPCA, the NYPD, and the Department of Buildings all differed in comment on the matter.The Weird Underground World of Urban Animal Husbandry
May 19, 2014
Jefferson and Adams were far from the only Americans who differed about Islam and the status of believing Muslims in America.Thomas Jefferson’s Quran: How Islam Shaped the Founders
September 29, 2013
Though Fallon and Kimmel have similar roots, both born in Brooklyn, they differed in their aspirations.Why Jimmy Kimmel Should Host ‘The Tonight Show’
March 24, 2013
The FDA website contained information that differed from both versions of the PDF guide.
Mitchell Stephens, a New York University journalism professor and author of A History of News, differed slightly.Dow Chief Quits in Phone-Hack Scandal
July 15, 2011
Historical Examples of differed
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
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.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
The great war of America differed widely from the great wars of Europe.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.