- 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 differingvary, disagree, diverge, modify, contradict, alter, contrast, squabble, divide, dissent, quarrel, turn, qualify, diversify, digress, reverse, contend, bicker, discord, disaccord
Examples from the Web for differing
Contemporary Examples of differing
The Navy and Marine Corps versions of the F-35 have differing configurations and rely on an external gun pod.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
Many argue that Beijing and Moscow have differing interests, and indeed, some of them are irreconcilable.China Is Financing Putin’s Aggression
Gordon G. Chang
November 13, 2014
The article described John Kennedy and Richard Nixon as differing types of statist “reactionaries.”Libertarianism 3.0: Koch And A Smile
May 30, 2014
There was a time when there was room in both major parties for differing viewpoints.Why the ‘Duck Dynasty’ Controversy Could Hurt Democrats
December 30, 2013
At various times, and with differing vigor, the conservatives on the Supreme Court have called themselves “originalists.”The Court Case That Pivots on What ‘Corrupt’ Really Means
September 26, 2013
Historical Examples of differing
I do not care to set myself to the reconciliation of the differing reports.Miracles of Our Lord
And what for centuries has it been to differing but always identical mortals?Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
It would be a mistake to try and reconcile these differing modes of thought.Meno
You knew it when at Oxford, for you often found me differing from you.Apologia Pro Vita Sua
John Henry Cardinal Newman
There is nothing arbitrary in these differing shapes of the seed-vessels.Parables of the Christ-life
I. Lilias Trotter
- (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.