different Definition

  • 1not the same as another or each other; unlike in nature, form, or quality
  • 2distinct; separate
  • 3unusual or unfamiliar

Using different: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "different" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    We come from different backgrounds.

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    The two paintings are very different from each other.

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    I'm looking for something a little different.

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    She has a different approach to the problem.

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    He always wears different clothes.

different Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with different

  • have a significant effect on the outcome of something


    Your support can make a difference in the lives of these children.

  • people have different tastes and preferences


    I don't understand why he likes that music, but different strokes for different folks.

  • a completely different situation or activity


    I'm used to playing tennis, but playing golf is a different ballgame.

Origins of different

from Old French 'diferent', from Latin 'differentem', meaning 'to set apart'


Summary: different in Brief

The term 'different' [ˈdɪf(ə)rənt] refers to things that are not the same as each other, distinct, or unusual. It can be used to describe people, objects, or ideas, as in 'We come from different backgrounds,' 'The two paintings are very different from each other,' and 'She has a different approach to the problem.' 'Different' is often paired with phrases like 'make a difference,' which means to have a significant effect, and 'different strokes for different folks,' which acknowledges that people have different tastes and preferences.

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