Definition of differ in English:


Line breaks: dif¦fer
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪfə


[no object]


agree to differ

Cease to argue about something because neither party will compromise or be persuaded.
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  • We agreed to differ on many things and we also dealt with the issues that we should be dealing with.
  • A few left, but most agreed to differ and the congregation grew.
  • Perhaps the first step in creating a culture in which people are unafraid to speak out is to listen respectfully to each other's views, and be able to gracefully agree to differ where consensus is impossible.

beg to differ

Politely disagree.
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  • The industry begs to differ, arguing that what we are witnessing is a cultural change and that the health and fitness club will remain an important part of the commercial property market.
  • I beg to differ in my reaction to it and in my opinion on the matters she raises in her letter.
  • Much of the rest of civilization begs to differ.


late Middle English (also in the sense 'put off, defer'): from Old French differer 'differ, defer', from Latin differre, from dis- 'from, away' + ferre 'bring, carry'. Compare with defer1.

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