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Definition of the verb differ

What does differ mean as a doing word?

Differ is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: differed | differing | differs

  1. be different
    • example: These two tests differ in only one respect
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Theme, plural] [Verb]This flyer and that flyer differ
      [Theme 1] [Verb] from / with [Theme 2]The winter schedule differed from the spring schedule

      Verbs of Separating and Disassembling (with the same syntax): branch, deviate, diverge, vary.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • antonym: equal
    • more specific words:
  2. be of different opinions
    • example: I beg to differ!
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb]They battled
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, possessive with -ing]They battled about his coming
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, wh-complement clause]They battled about whether he should go
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, what-extraction]They battled about what was the right thing
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, what-infinitive clause]They battled about what to do
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, whether-infinitive clause]They battled about whether to go
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, not sentential clause]They battled about it
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, wh-complement clause]I battled with him about whether he should kill the peasants
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, what-extraction]I battled with him about whether he should go
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, what-infinitive clause]I battled with him about what to do
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, whether-infinitive clause]I battled with him about whether to go
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, not sentential clause]I battled with him about it

      Verbs of Social Interaction (with the same syntax): argue, bargain, battle, bicker, brawl, clash, combat, communicate, compete, conflict, correspond, dicker, disagree, dispute, duel, feud, fight, joust, quarrel, quibble, scuffle, skirmish, spar, spat, squabble, struggle, tilt, tussle, vie, war, wrangle, wrestle.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of differ: disagree / dissent / take issue
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the verb differ

verb

  1. Not to have the same traits, characteristics.
  2. [context: people, groups, etc.] To have diverging opinions, disagree.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for differ

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Google previewInterpretation in Social Life, Social Science, and Marketing (2009)

by John O'Shaughnessy

differ is the cause or the effect or an indispensable part of the cause of the phenomenon. The joint method of agreement and difference brings in negative instances together with the positive. It tries to establish both the necessary and sufficient ...

Google previewA cyclopaedia of physical sciences (1860)

comprising acoustics, astronomy, dynamics, electricity, heat, hydrodynamics, magnetism, philosophy of mathematics, meteorology, optics, pneumatics, statics &c. &c by John Pringle Nichol

which it does not occur, have every circumstance in common save one, that one occurring only tn tlte former; the circumstance in which alone the two instances differ is the effect, or cause, or a necessary part of the cause of the phenomenon.

Google previewA Dictionary of Hiberno-English (2004)

The Irish Use of English by T. P. Dolan

differ /'difar/ n., ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

To DIFFER, v. n. {differ*, Latin.] 1. To be distinguished from ; to have properties and qualities not the fame with those of another person or thing. — If the pipe be a little wet on the inside, it will make a differing sound from the same pipe dry.

Google previewThe SAGE Dictionary of Statistics (2004)

A Practical Resource for Students in the Social Sciences by Duncan Cramer, Dennis Howitt

The bigger it is, the more likely it is to differ from one sample to another. It is likely to be bigger for smaller samples. The standard error is used to determine whether the kurtosis of a distribution of scores differs significantly from that of a normal ...

Google previewDictionary of World Philosophy (2013)

by A. Pablo Iannone

the view that if, in any single possible world, any two of its individuals x and y differ in attributes, properties, or facts of type A, then they ...

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Usage statistics about differ

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb differ:

dissentdisagreediffer

Comparison of usage frequency between the verb differ and its most common antonym:

equaldiffer

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Quotes about differ

Freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter mush. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order. (Robert Jackson)
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Scrabble value of D2I1F4F4E1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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