differ

differ differ, vary, disagree, dissent mean to be unlike or out of harmony.
Differ stresses the fact of unlikeness in kind or nature or in opinion but does not indicate except through the context the extent or degree of divergence
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the houses in the row differ only in small details

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minds differ, as rivers differMacaulay

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they differed sharply about the college to which their son should be sent

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Vary (see also CHANGE) though often interchangeable with differ may call attention to readily apparent differences and sometimes suggests a range of differences. The term commonly introduces a statement of the points, the ways, or the degree in which the things or the persons under discussion differ
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the two editions vary only in small particulars

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the northern and southern races vary chiefly in size

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the strength and direction of sea currents vary considerably at different times of the year— Dowdeswell

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Disagree emphasizes lack of agreement and not only may imply differences between things or variance between persons or opinions, but often may suggest incompatibility, unfitness, or disharmony
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the two accounts disagree in important details

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the verb should not disagree with the subject noun either in person or number

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who shall decide when Doctors disagree!—Pope

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one can disagree with his views, but one can't refute them— Henry Miller

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Of the words here compared only disagree is used in reference to lack of harmony between a thing and a person that results in mental or physical disorder of the latter
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the climate disagreed with him

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fried foods disagree with many people

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Dissent denotes a difference in opinion between persons or groups; it may imply refusal to assent to or the withholding of consent from something that is proposed or offered
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dissenting to the most outrageous invasion of private right ever set forth as a decision of the court— Boyd

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it has . . . taken on the worst intolerance of ignorance and stupidity .... All who dissent from its orthodox doctrines are scoundrels— Mencken

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or it may imply the expression of a difference in opinion from a person or persons holding an opposite view
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a great number of people in England would dissent from that judgment— C. L. R. James

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Analogous words: diverge, deviate, depart (see SWERVE)
Antonyms: agree

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  • Differ — Dif fer, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Differed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Differing}.] [L. differre; dif = dis + ferre to bear, carry: cf. F. diff[ e]rer. See 1st {Bear}, and cf. {Defer}, {Delay}.] 1. To be or stand apart; to disagree; to be unlike; to be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • differ — is widely used without any complement: • While their aims and activities differ slightly, all are clubs in the sense of recruiting members R. Brown, 1993. It can be followed by from in the meaning ‘to be unlike’: • These languages…differ from the …   Modern English usage

  • differ — ► VERB 1) be unlike or dissimilar. 2) disagree. ● agree to differ Cf. ↑agree to differ ● beg to differ Cf. ↑beg to differ ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • differ — I (disagree) verb be discordant, be incongruent, be inharmonious, bicker, cavil, clash, conflict with, contend, contradict, dispute, divide on, hold different views, object, oppose, protest, raise objections, reject, repudiate, take exception,… …   Law dictionary

  • differ — late 14c., from O.Fr. differer (14c.) and directly from L. differre to set apart, differ, from dis away from (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + ferre carry (see INFER (Cf. infer)). Two senses that were present in Latin have gone separate ways in English… …   Etymology dictionary

  • differ — [v1] be dissimilar, distinct alter, bear no resemblance, be distinguished from, be off the beaten path*, be unlike, clash with, conflict with, contradict, contrast, depart from, deviate from, digress, disagree, divaricate from, diverge, diversify …   New thesaurus

  • differ — [dif′ər] vi. [ME differen < OFr differer < L differre, to carry apart, differ < dis , apart + ferre, to bring, BEAR1] 1. to be unlike; be not the same: often with from 2. to be of opposite or unlike opinions; disagree 3. Archaic to… …   English World dictionary

  • Differ — Dif fer, v. t. To cause to be different or unlike; to set at variance. [R.] [1913 Webster] But something ts that differs thee and me. Cowley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • differ — UK [ˈdɪfə(r)] / US [ˈdɪfər] verb [intransitive] Word forms differ : present tense I/you/we/they differ he/she/it differs present participle differing past tense differed past participle differed 1) to be different from something else differ from …   English dictionary

  • differ — dif|fer [ dıfər ] verb intransitive 1. ) to be different from something else: differ in: The two animals come from the same family but differ in body shape and breeding habits. differ from: English differs from Spanish in that it is not… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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