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verb [intransitive] differ pronunciation in British English /ˈdɪfə(r)/
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present tense
I/you/we/theydiffer
he/she/itdiffers
present participlediffering
past tensediffered
past participlediffered
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  1. 1
    to be different from something else
    differ from: English differs from Spanish in that it is not pronounced as it is written.
    differ in: The two animals come from the same family but differ in body shape and breeding habits.
    differ from something to something: The techniques used differ from company to company.
    differ widely/significantly/greatly (=be very different): Laws on pollution differ widely from one country to another.
  2. 2
    to disagree with someone about a subject
    differ on/over: Experts differ on the causes of the disease.
    differ with: Baker also differed with members of Congress over this issue.
    opinions/views differ: Opinions differ as to the likely winner of the tournament.
    beg to differ (=disagree): I beg to differ with you a bit there.

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