different - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    not the same as another person or thing, or not the same as before

    I tried on lots of different hats.

    Her new glasses make her look completely different.

    different from:

    What makes him different from the rest of the students?

    different to:

    American English is slightly different to British English.

    different in:

    The two cars are different in shape.

    significantly/markedly/radically/vastly different:

    The other doctor’s attitude was vastly different.

    slightly/somewhat/subtly different:

    three subtly different styles of writing

  2. 2
    [only before noun] different things are separate things of the same kind

    Six different boys asked me to dance.

  3. 3
    unusual and not like other things of the same kind

    I wanted something a bit different, so I painted the room green.

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