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< Middle English < Latin differens, ppr. of differre (to differ); see differ.

different (comparative more different, superlative most different)


more different

most different

  1. Not the same.
    Mona is different from Eloise.
    • 1886, Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge:  
      At Elizabeth-Jane mentioning how greatly Lucetta had been jeopardized, he exhibited an agitation different in kind no less than in intensity from any she had seen in him before.
  2. Various, assorted, diverse.
    • 2006, Delbert S. Elliott et al., Good Kids from Bad Neighborhoods: Successful Development in Social Context,[1] Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521863575, page 19:
      In any case, poor black respondents living in high-poverty neighborhoods are most likely to view their neighborhood as a single block or block group and to use this definition consistently when asked about different neighborhood characteristics and activities.
  3. Distinct, separate; used for emphasis after numbers and other determiners of quantity.
    Several different scientists all reached this conclusion at about the same time.
  4. Unlike most others; unusual.

The construction different from is the prescriptive standard for comparing nouns with other nouns or clauses:

The university is different from what it was in 1980.

The construction different than is primarily used in American and older British works to compare nouns with clauses:

The university is different than it was in 1980.

Such expressions are often shortened with ellipsis:

The university is different than in 1980.

The construction different to is often used in British, Australian and New Zealand English, but is often considered non-standard.

The university is different to what it was in 1980.

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