Definition of different in English:

different

adjective

  • 1Not the same as another or each other; unlike in nature, form, or quality.

    ‘you can play this game in different ways’
    ‘the car is different from anything else on the market’
    • ‘When you move away you do feel different as a person because it is a fresh start.’
    • ‘It's very different from here, and high on the list of reasons why I need to move to a big city soon.’
    • ‘This is quite different from Europe, where eating on the slopes will cost you an arm and a leg.’
    • ‘Women are different from men, but it is time to say farewell to the politics of difference.’
    • ‘We had to employ a fresh set of eyes before we set about using a different method to enhance what we had found.’
    • ‘Huge sums have been won and lost between them and this day would be no different from all the others.’
    • ‘This is very different from the way in which domestic machines were received in the past.’
    • ‘A good comic book gets into your brain in a manner quite different to a novel or movie.’
    • ‘Competitors who take to the hills to rally originate from many different walks of life.’
    • ‘I was an academic and working all the time and that made me different from everyone else.’
    • ‘As the only European to do so he was different from the rest but in other ways he was just the same in that he had a story to tell.’
    • ‘For me it's not that different from producing a painting or performing a piece of music.’
    • ‘He says that life in Bolton is not too different to that in Austria, except for the weather.’
    • ‘The story was a bit different from the traditional tale but it was still cracking!’
    • ‘Will there come a time when the pain will be less or even different from what it is now?’
    • ‘Needless to say, my idea of a perfect holiday might be different from that of other people.’
    • ‘The new improved model works in a rather different way from the original version.’
    • ‘A carrot grown in one place is going to be different from one grown somewhere else.’
    • ‘It's different from acute medicine in that you do get to know families very well indeed.’
    • ‘For all these reasons we have a business cycle that is quite different from the rest of Europe.’
    dissimilar, unalike, unlike, non-identical, contrasting, divergent, disparate, poles apart
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    1. 1.1informal Novel and unusual.
      ‘try something deliciously different’
      • ‘‘It's never too late to try something different,’ she said before yesterday's commencement ceremony.’
      • ‘The food was very different and smelled wonderful.’
      • ‘It was really good, and interesting because the style of food was very different.’
      • ‘It is the only element in retail in Bury that makes our town different, even unique.’
      • ‘Of course, the company has always prided itself on being that little bit different.’
      unusual, out of the ordinary, uncommon, unfamiliar, rare, unique, novel, new, fresh, original, unprecedented, unconventional, unorthodox, off-centre, atypical, out of the way
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  • 2Distinct; separate.

    ‘on two different occasions’
    • ‘This novel approach means that we need not one law for all but a different one for each individual.’
    • ‘And since the last recession, they've gone in different directions all together.’
    • ‘The machine may rotate around your body to reach the target from different directions.’
    • ‘The dog, often in conjunction with the skull, points in different directions.’
    • ‘Each type of astrology is looking at an individual life from a different perspective.’
    • ‘I think we have to be a bit careful in not separating out two quite different things.’
    • ‘Being a group of individuals, we all had different ways of dealing with the problem.’
    • ‘Someone from your doctor's office takes photographs of your face from different angles.’
    • ‘You see Dad getting too tough on occasion and his son struggling to see a different path.’
    • ‘To start with, it is common to distinguish between two different kinds of validity.’
    • ‘When these three very different individuals play teams need to come up with a plan.’
    • ‘This was a variation on the theme which kept the different aspects of money separate.’
    • ‘Keep raw and cooked foods separate and use different plates and utensils for them.’
    • ‘Traditionally, these two approaches have different theoretical perspectives.’
    • ‘Since they are kept at different angles, the pots serve as sound reflectors.’
    • ‘It is clear that this genus is different and distinct from the two preceding ones.’
    distinct, separate, individual, discrete, non-identical, unrelated, unconnected, unassociated, independent
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Usage

Different from, different than, and different to: are there any distinctions between these three constructions, and is one more correct than the others? In practice, different from is both the most common structure, both in British and US English, and the most accepted. Different than is used chiefly in North America, although its use is increasing in British English. It has the advantage that it can be followed by a clause, and so is sometimes more concise than different from: compare things are definitely different than they were one year ago with things are definitely different from the way they were one year ago. Different to is common in Britain, but is disliked by traditionalists. The argument against it is based on the relation of different to differ, which is used with from; but this is a flawed argument which is contradicted by other pairs of words such as accord (with) and according (to)

Phrases

  • different strokes for different folks

    • proverb Different things appeal to different people.

      • ‘The above notwithstanding, it would seem that this is an obvious case of different strokes for different folks.’
      • ‘There were different strokes for different folks.’
      • ‘This colourful, vibrant, thriving city has different strokes for different folks.’
      • ‘That was my decision though, and for other people it might not be right, different strokes for different folks and all that.’
      • ‘It's not the way I like to handle these guys, but different strokes for different folks.’
      • ‘Then it hit me: it's just different strokes for different folks.’
      • ‘Well, who am I to judge… different strokes for different folks, I guess!’
      • ‘His wife is tattooed as a cat - different strokes for different folks.’
      • ‘Creative ambiguity, economy with the truth, or is it just a case of different strokes for different folks?’
      • ‘So, generally, I put chocolate Easter eggs in the list of things that are different strokes for different folks.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin different- ‘carrying away, differing’, from the verb differre (see differ).

Pronunciation

different

/ˈdɪf(ə)r(ə)nt/