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different

adjective uk   /ˈdɪf.ər.ənt/ us    /-ɚ-/
A1 not the same: She seems to wear something different every day. He's different now that he's been to college. We're reading a different book this week. Emily is very/completely/entirely different from her sister. Emily and her sister are completely different. There are many different types/kinds of bacteria. informal used when you think someone or something is unusual or shows bad judgment: What do I think of your purple shoes? Well, they're certainly different.
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adverb uk   /-li/ us  
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B1 We want to do things differently. Are girls treated differently?
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