from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Unlike in form, quality, amount, or nature; dissimilar: took different approaches to the problem.
- adj. Distinct or separate: That's a different issue altogether.
- adj. Various or assorted: interviewed different members of the community.
- adj. Differing from all others; unusual: a different point of view.
- adv. In a different way or manner; otherwise: "Carol ... didn't know different until Elinor told her” ( Ben Brantley).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not the same; exhibiting a difference
- adj. Various, assorted, diverse.
- adj. Distinct, separate; used for emphasis after numbers and other determiners of quantity.
- adj. Unlike most others; unusual.
- n. The different ideal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Distinct; separate; not the same; other.
- adj. Of various or contrary nature, form, or quality; partially or totally unlike; dissimilar
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not the same; two; many; plural; also, characterized by a difference or distinction; various or contrary in nature, form, or quality; unlike; dissimilar.
- [When in the predicate, different is either used absolutely: as, the two things are very different; or followed by from: as, the two things are very different from each other; he is very different from his brother. But the relation of opposition is often lost in that of mere comparison, leading to the use of to instead of from. This use is regarded as colloquial or incorrect, and is generally avoided by careful writers.
- Synonyms Different, Distinct, Separate, Several. These words agree in being the opposite of same. Different applies to nature or quality as well as to state of being: as, the African and Asiatic climates are very different. The other three words are primarily physical, and are still affected by that fact: we speak of distinct or separate, ideas, colors, sounds, etc. Several is used chiefly of those things which are in some sense together without merging their identity: as, three several bands.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. unlike in nature or quality or form or degree
- adj. marked by dissimilarity
- adj. distinctly separate from the first
- adj. differing from all others; not ordinary
- adj. distinct or separate
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin differēns, different-, present participle of differre, to differ; see differ.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Latin differēns, present active participle of differō ("I differ"); see differ. (Wiktionary)