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Dictionary Definition

different adj
1 unlike in nature or quality or form or degree; "took different approaches to the problem"; "came to a different conclusion"; "different parts of the country"; "on different sides of the issue"; "this meeting was different from the earlier one" [ant: same]
2 distinctly separate from the first; "that's another (or different) issue altogether" [syn: another(a)]
3 differing from all others; not ordinary; "advertising that strives continually to be different"; "this new music is certainly different but I don't really like it"
4 not like; marked by dissimilarity; "for twins they are very unlike"; "people are profoundly different" [syn: unlike, dissimilar] [ant: like]
5 distinct or separate; "each interviewed different members of the community"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /'dɪf.ə(ɹ).ənt/|/'dɪf.ɹənt/, /"dIf.@(r).@nt/|/"dIf.r@nt/


< differens, differe.


  1. not the same.
    Mona is different from Eloise.
  2. unlike most others; unusual.
  • "Different" is often used unnecessarily with a number to try to emphasize it.

Usage notes

The construction different from is the prescriptive standard for comparing nouns with other nouns or clauses:
The university is different from what it was in 1980.
The construction different than is primarily used in American and older British works to compare nouns with clauses:
The university is different than it was in 1980.
Such expressions are often shortened with ellipsis:
The university is different than in 1980.
The construction different to is often used in British, Australian and New Zealand English, but is often considered non-standard.
The university is different to what it was in 1980.



not the same
unlike most others

Extensive Definition

Difference is the contrary of equality, in particular of objects. Differences can only be stated on the basis of a comparison or categorization. Since a complete comparison of objects or things is seldom possible in practice, only relevant or defining attributes are used for stating equality or difference. Similar objects are only different with respect to attributes of minor discriminative value.
In order for something to be different, you must have something to compare it to.
In particular, difference can refer to:

See also

different in German: Differenz
different in Hungarian: Különbség
different in Portuguese: Diferença
different in Simple English: Difference

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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