Definition of differ in English:
- Comparisons are difficult, since circumstances differed from place to place and from one decade to another.
- I still remember the taste of those eggs, which differed from normal ones I had every morning.
- All have obvious, if widely differing, talents but so far none has managed to capitalise upon them.
- He said however that he differed on the subject of war and would set out his point of view accordingly.
- Do the majority and dissenting opinions differ about how to characterize them?
- The most common wrangles are on a founder leader differing with others who troop out to form new churches.
- 1agree to differ
- Cease to argue about something because neither party will compromise or be persuaded.Example sentences
- 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.
- 2beg to differ
- Politely disagree.Example sentences
- 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.
refer from Late Middle English:
Refer comes from Latin referre ‘carry back’, from re- ‘back’ and ferre ‘bring’. Referee dates from the early 17th century, but did not appear in sports contexts until the mid 19th century. Referre is also the source of mid 19th-century referendum from the Latin for ‘referring’. Ferre is the source of numerous words in English including confer ‘bring together’; defer ‘put to one side or away’, which shares an origin with differ; fertile ‘bearing’; and transfer ‘carry across’, all of which came into the language in the Late Middle English period.
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