Definition of differently in US English:



  • 1In a way that is not the same as another or as before.

    ‘we work differently from other developers’
    ‘I think you will feel differently after you've met her’
    • ‘Orchestration was in each case differently managed.’
    • ‘She believes that the possibility of living differently necessitates rethinking and redoing the work of gender.’
    • ‘I think that different employment arrangements enable differently skilled people to be employed.’
    • ‘Our colors are the same, although they are differently combined on our flags.’
    • ‘Children will respond differently depending on their learning characteristics.’
    • ‘Jonas considers these installations new, although they are made from elements of previous performances, differently assembled.’
    • ‘Why should Hull residents be treated differently from the rest of the country?’
    • ‘And what might you do differently following the introduction of the legislation?’
    • ‘Differently priced plans appeal to a wide variety of income levels.’
    • ‘They behave differently than their guilt-ridden parents.’
    1. 1.1informal In a novel and unusual way.
      ‘he likes to do things a bit differently’
      • ‘It's nice to look at a role differently and maybe with a little more insight.’
      • ‘We did Christmas a little bit differently than we usually do.’
      • ‘They had the imagination to dress differently, reinvent the world for themselves.’
      • ‘We just felt we had to do things a little bit differently.’
      • ‘However, I'm from the generation of integration, and we look at the world a lot differently.’
  • 2In varied ways; diversely.

    ‘differently colored pens’
    ‘a large group of differently aged chicks’
    • ‘Looking at 159 differently sized breeds of dog en masse can be a little off-putting, especially considering their common source is the wolf.’
    • ‘Inside the ellipse is the raised circular platform of the altar and rows of differently curved pews.’
    • ‘Their sliding-block puzzles often featured differently shaped pieces in rectangular trays.’
    • ‘Not all Internet users are so experienced that they recognize differently coloured links as well.’
    • ‘The result is a simple pattern of differently textured boxes that gives the project a rhythm missing from most assembly-line housing.’