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"different" in British English

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differentadjective

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 ​showsbadjudgment: What do I ​think of ​yourpurpleshoes? Well, they're ​certainly different.

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differently
adverb uk   us   /-li/

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B1 We ​want to do things differently. Are ​girlstreated differently?
(Definition of different from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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differentadjective

 us   /ˈdɪf·rənt, -ər·ənt/
not the same: Monet and other Impressionists painted the same ​scene at different ​times of ​day to ​discover how the ​colorschange in the different ​light. The ​weather down here is a lot different than it is at ​home. Emily is ​entirely different from her ​sister.
differently
adverb  us   /ˈdɪf·rənt·li, -ər·ənt·li/
I would have done things differently if I had the ​chance to do them over again.
(Definition of different from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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