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From dis- (apart) +‎ ferō (carry, bear).



differō (present infinitive differre, perfect active distulī, supine dīlātum); third conjugation, irregular

  1. (transitive) I carry different ways, spread, scatter, disperse, separate.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) I distract, disquiet or disturb someone; confound.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) I spread, publish, circulate, divulge; cry down, defame.
  4. (transitive, figuratively) I defer, put off, protract, delay, adjourn.
  5. (intransitive) I am different, differ, vary.


Irregular, but resembling the third conjugation. The principal parts come from several different words originally.

   Conjugation of differō (third conjugation, irregular, suppletive)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present differō differs differt differimus differtis differunt
imperfect differēbam differēbās differēbat differēbāmus differēbātis differēbant
future differam differēs differet differēmus differētis different
perfect distulī distulistī distulit distulimus distulistis distulērunt, distulēre
pluperfect distuleram distulerās distulerat distulerāmus distulerātis distulerant
future perfect distulerō distuleris distulerit distulerimus distuleritis distulerint
passive present differor differris, differre differtur differimur differiminī differuntur
imperfect differēbar differēbāris, differēbāre differēbātur differēbāmur differēbāminī differēbantur
future differar differēris, differēre differētur differēmur differēminī differentur
perfect dīlātus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect dīlātus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect dīlātus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present differam differās differat differāmus differātis differant
imperfect differrem differrēs differret differrēmus differrētis differrent
perfect distulerim distulerīs distulerit distulerīmus distulerītis distulerint
pluperfect distulissem distulissēs distulisset distulissēmus distulissētis distulissent
passive present differar differāris, differāre differātur differāmur differāminī differantur
imperfect differrer differrēris, differrēre differrētur differrēmur differrēminī differrentur
perfect dīlātus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect dīlātus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present differ differte
future differtō differtō differtōte differuntō
passive present differre differiminī
future differtor differtor differuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives differre distulisse dīlātūrum esse differrī dīlātum esse dīlātum īrī
participles differēns dīlātūrus dīlātus differendus, differundus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
differendī differendō differendum differendō dīlātum dīlātū

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  • differo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • differo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • differo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the wind spread the conflagration: ventus ignem distulit (B. G. 5. 43)
    • to put off till another time; to postpone: aliquid in aliud tempus, in posterum differre
    • to put off from one day to another: diem ex die ducere, differre
    • to differ qualitatively not quantitatively: genere, non numero or magnitudine differre