Definition of different adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    different

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈdɪfrənt//
     
     
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  1. 1 different (from/than somebody/something) not the same as someone or something; not like someone or something else American English is significantly different from British English. He saw he was no different than anyone else. It's different now than it was a year ago. People often give very different accounts of the same event. My son is really messy; my daughter is no different. The room looks different without the furniture. Now he spoke in a different and kinder voice. opposite similar
  2. 2[only before noun] separate and individual She offered us five different kinds of cake. The program was about customs in different parts of the country. They are sold in many different colors. I looked it up in three different dictionaries.
  3. 3[not usually before noun] (informal) unusual; not like other people or things “Did you enjoy the play?” “Well, it was certainly different!”
  4. Idioms
    be another/a different matter
     
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     to be very different I know which neighborhood they live in, but whether I can find their house is a different matter.
    a different kettle of fish(informal)
     
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    a completely different situation or person from the one previously mentioned
    a horse of a different color(informal)
     
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    a completely different situation or person from the one previously mentioned
    know different/differently/otherwise(informal)
     
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    to have information or evidence that the opposite is true He says he doesn't care about what the critics write, but I know different.
    pull in different/opposite directions
     
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    to have different aims that cannot be achieved together without causing problems
    put a new/different complexion on something
     
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    to change the way that a situation appears
    sing a different tune
     
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    to change your opinion about someone or something or your attitude toward someone or something
    tell a different story/tale
     
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    to give some information that is different from what you expect or have been told
differently
 
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adverb Boys and girls may behave differently. The male bird has a differently shaped head.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: different