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Love works a different way in different minds, the fool it enlightens and the wise it blinds.
John Dryden
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Pronunciation

  • IPA: /'dɪf.ə(ɹ).ənt/, /'dɪf.ɹənt/, SAMPA: /"dIf.@(r).@nt/, /"dIf.r@nt/
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  • Hyphenation: dif‧fer‧ent

Etymology

Middle English < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] differens, differe.

Adjective

different (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
different

Comparative
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  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. unlike most others; unusual.
  • "Different" is often used unnecessarily with a number to try to emphasize it.

Usage notes

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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