Definitions for: Differ


[v] be of different opinions; "I beg to differ!"; "She disagrees with her husband on many questions"
[v] be different; "These two tests differ in only one respect"



Webster (1913) Definition: Dif"fer, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Differed; p. pr. & vb.
n. Differing.] [L. differre; dif- = dis- + ferre to bear,
carry: cf. F. diff['e]rer. See 1st Bear, and cf. Defer,
Delay.]
1. To be or stand apart; to disagree; to be unlike; to be
distinguished; -- with from.

One star differeth from another star in glory. --1
Cor. xv. 41.

Minds differ, as rivers differ. --Macaulay.

2. To be of unlike or opposite opinion; to disagree in
sentiment; -- often with from or with.

3. To have a difference, cause of variance, or quarrel; to
dispute; to contend.

We 'll never differ with a crowded pit. --Rowe.

Syn: To vary; disagree; dissent; dispute; contend; oppose;
wrangle.

Usage: -- To Differ with, Differ from. Both differ from
and aiffer with are used in reference to opinions; as,
``I differ from you or with you in that opinion.''''
In all other cases, expressing simple unlikeness,
differ from is used; as, these two persons or things
differ entirely from each other.

Severely punished, not for differing from us in
opinion, but for committing a nuisance.
--Macaulay.

Davidson, whom on a former occasion we quoted,
to differ from him. --M. Arnold.

Much as I differ from him concerning an
essential part of the historic basis of
religion. --Gladstone.

I differ with the honorable gentleman on that
point. --Brougham.

If the honorable gentleman differs with me on
that subject, I differ as heartily with him, and
shall always rejoice to differ. --Canning.


Dif"fer, v. t.
To cause to be different or unlike; to set at variance. [R.]

But something 'ts that differs thee and me. --Cowley.

Synonyms: disagree, dissent, take issue

Antonyms: agree, be, concord, concur, equal, hold

See Also: clash, contradict, contrast, contravene, counterpoint, depart, deviate, diverge, negate, vary

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