from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To be dissimilar or unlike in nature, quality, amount, or form: Ambition differs from greed.
- intransitive v. To be of a different opinion; disagree: The critic differed with the author on several facts.
- intransitive v. Obsolete To quarrel; dispute.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Not to have the same traits, characteristics.
- v. To have diverging opinions, disagree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To be or stand apart; to disagree; to be unlike; to be distinguished; -- with from.
- intransitive v. To be of unlike or opposite opinion; to disagree in sentiment; -- often with from or with.
- intransitive v. To have a difference, cause of variance, or quarrel; to dispute; to contend.
- transitive v. To cause to be different or unlike; to set at variance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be unlike, dissimilar, distinct, or various in nature, condition, form, or qualities: used absolutely or with from: as, the two things differ greatly; men differ from brutes; a statue differs from a picture; wisdom differs from cunning.
- To disagree; be of a contrary opinion; dissent; be at variance; vary in opinion or action: used absolutely or with from or with: as, they differ in their methods; he differs from other writers on the subject.
- To express disagreement or dissent by word of mouth; come into antagonism; dispute; contend: followed by with.
- Synonyms To vary.
- To cause to be different or unlike.
- To cause difference or dispute between; divide.
- To put off; defer. See defer.
- n. Difference.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be different
- v. be of different opinions
Middle English differren, from Old French differer, from Latin differre, to differ, delay : dis-, apart; see dis- + ferre, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English differen, from Latin differō ("carry apart, put off, defer; differ"), from dis- ("apart") + ferō ("carry, bear"). (Wiktionary)