Definition of different adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdɪfrənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪfrənt//
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  1. 1  different (from/to/than somebody/something) not the same as somebody/something; not like somebody/something else American English is significantly different from British English. (British English) It's very different to what I'm used to. (North American English) He saw he was no different than anybody else. It's different now than it was a year ago. People often give very different accounts of the same event. My son's terribly untidy; my daughter's no different. The room looks different without the furniture. Now he spoke in a different and kinder voice. British/​Americandifferent from / to / than Different from is the most common structure in both British English and North American English. Different to is also used in British English:Paul’s very different from/​to his brother. This visit is very different from/​to last time. In North American English people also say different than:Your trains are different than ours. You look different than before. Before a clause you can also use different from (and different than in North American English):She looked different from what I’d expected. She looked different than (what) I’d expected. opposite similar
  2. 2  [only before noun] separate and individual She offered us five different kinds of cake. The programme was about customs in different parts of the country. They are sold in many different colours. 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!’ More Like This Words that look like opposites, but aren’t different/​indifferent, interested/​disinterested, famous/​infamous, flammable/​inflammable, savoury/​unsavoury, sensible/​insensible, valuable/​invaluableSee worksheet.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin different- ‘carrying away, differing’, from the verb differre, from dis- ‘from, away’ + ferre ‘bring, carry’.Extra examples That’s a whole different matter. The movie’s different than the original book. The same colour can appear subtly different on different types of paper. The tune returns in a subtly different guise. Their customs are very different to ours. This is a far different movie from his previous one. This school is radically different from most others. a refreshingly different approach to language learning ‘Did you enjoy the play?’ ‘Well, it was certainly different.’ He’s a different proposition from his father—much less tolerant. Her methods are different, but no less effective for that. I don’t mind lizards, but snakes are a different matter. It’s very different to what I’m used to. My son’s terribly untidy; my daughter’s no different. This exquisite little hotel seemed to belong to a different age. We come from different worlds. We must approach the problem from a different standpoint.Idioms
    be another/a different matter
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     to be very different I know which area they live in, but whether I can find their house is a different matter.
    a different kettle of fish
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    (informal) a completely different situation or person from the one previously mentioned
    know different/otherwise
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    (informal) 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.
    march to (the beat of) a different drummer/drum
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    to behave in a different way from other people; to have different attitudes or ideas She was a gifted and original artist who marched to a different drummer.
    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
    to change your opinion about somebody/something or your attitude towards somebody/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
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: different