Meaning of “differ” in the English Dictionary

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"differ" in British English

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differverb [ I ]

uk /ˈdɪf.ər/ us /ˈdɪf.ɚ/

B2 to be not like something or someone else, either physically or in another way:

The twins look alike, but they differ in temperament.
His views differ considerably from those of his parents.
The incidence of the illness differs greatly between men and women.

formal to disagree:

Economists differ on the cause of inflation.
I beg to differ with you on that point.

More examples

  • Eye-witness accounts of the fighting differ markedly from police reports of what happened.
  • The three birds differ in small features (see Plate 4).
  • It's essentially a dictionary but it differs in one or two respects.
  • This proposal differs from the last one in many important respects.
  • The dispute is based on two widely differing interpretations of the law.

(Definition of “differ” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"differ" in American English

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differverb [ I ]

us /ˈdɪf·ər/

to be not like something else; to be different:

American English and British English obviously differ in pronunciation.

To differ is also to disagree:

We may differ on what the numbers are, but there is general agreement that we have to do something to cut costs.

(Definition of “differ” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)