Definition of different in English:

different

Line breaks: dif¦fer|ent
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪf(ə)r(ə)nt
 
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adjective

Phrases

different strokes for different folks

proverb Different things appeal to different people.
More example sentences
  • Then it hit me: it's just different strokes for different folks.
  • Creative ambiguity, economy with the truth, or is it just a case of different strokes for different folks?
  • His wife is tattooed as a cat - different strokes for different folks.

Derivatives

differently

adverb
More example sentences
  • We need go back no further than 1750 to find that lives then were lived quite differently.
  • Why should the environment and natural resources in general be treated differently?
  • However much he might wish to arrange matters differently, there are limitations.

differentness

noun
More example sentences
  • ‘Diversity,’ in effect, has become a veil for positing the fundamental differentness of people based on their race or sex, rather than suggesting something altogether different - the removal of barriers that separate.
  • Being treated as slaves or second-class citizens on the basis of a racist ideology, they opposed racist value judgements but accepted the essential differentness of races.
  • The differentness of ‘immigrated religions’ must therefore be accepted.

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from Latin different- 'carrying away, differing', from the verb differre (see differ).

Usage

Different from, different than, and different to: are there any distinctions between these three constructions, and is one more correct than the others? In practice, different from is both the most common structure, both in British and US English, and the most accepted. Different than is used chiefly in North America, although its use is increasing in British English. It has the advantage that it can be followed by a clause, and so is sometimes more concise than different from: compare things are definitely different than they were one year ago with things are definitely different from the way they were one year ago . Different to is common in Britain, but is disliked by traditionalists. The argument against it is based on the relation of different to differ, which is used with from; but this is a flawed argument which is contradicted by other pairs of words such as accord (with) and according (to).

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