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Meaning of DIFFER

Pronunciation:  'difur

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

DIFFER is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: disagree, dissent, take issue
 Antonyms: agree, be, concord, concur, equal, hold
 See Also: clash, contradict, contrast, contravene, counterpoint, depart, deviate, diverge, negate, vary



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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},
    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;
    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.
                 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.
  2. \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.
Thesaurus Terms
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