intr.v. dif·fered, dif·fer·ing, dif·fers
1. To be dissimilar or unlike in nature, quality, amount, or form: Ambition differs from greed.
2. To be of a different opinion; disagree: The experts differ on what should be done to fix the economy.
3. Obsolete To quarrel; dispute.
[Middle English differren, from Old French differer, from Latin differre, to differ, delay : dis-, apart; see DIS- + ferre, to carry; see bher-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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