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From Middle English differen, from Old French differer, from Latin differō (“carry apart, put off, defer; differ”), from dis- (“apart”) + ferō (“carry, bear”). Compare Ancient Greek διαφέρω (diaphérō).
- (intransitive) Not to have the same traits or characteristics.
- (intransitive, people, groups, etc.) To have diverging opinions, disagree.
- If the honourable gentleman differs with me on that subject, I differ as heartily with him, and shall always rejoice to differ.
- (to not have the same characteristics): See also Thesaurus:differ
not to have the same characteristics
to have diverging opinions, disagree
- differ in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- differ in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.