different

Something is different whether it is only a little or completely unlike something else. Not only are your two cats different breeds, but they are also different from your pet tiger.

Often followed by the word than or from, different describes something that contrasts with, or differs from, something else. With roots in the Latin differre, meaning “to set apart,” different can also describe something that belongs in a whole other category. More recently, the word has picked up an additional sense — for something that is special or unique, in an extraordinary or sometimes negative way. That tie your dad has with the different kinds of peppers on it is definitely... different.

Definitions of different
  1. adjective
    unlike in nature, quality, form, or degree
    “took different approaches to the problem”
    “came to a different conclusion”
    different parts of the country”
    “on different sides of the issue”
    “this meeting was different from the earlier one”
    Synonyms:
    incompatible
    not compatible
    dissimilar, unlike
    marked by dissimilarity
    antithetic, antithetical
    sharply contrasted in character or purpose
    assorted, various
    of many different kinds purposefully arranged but lacking any uniformity
    contrary
    very opposed in nature or character or purpose
    contrasting, contrastive
    strikingly different; tending to contrast
    diametric, diametrical, opposite, polar
    characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed
    divergent
    diverging from another or from a standard
    disparate
    fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind
    distinct, distinguishable
    (often followed by `from') not alike; different in nature or quality
    diverse, various
    distinctly dissimilar or unlike
    divers, diverse
    many and different
    opposite
    altogether different in nature or quality or significance
    several
    distinct and individual
    variant
    differing from a norm or standard
    dissimilar
    not similar
    varied
    characterized by variety
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    Antonyms:
    same
    closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree
    equal
    having the same quantity, value, or measure as another
    like, similar
    resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination
    assonant
    having the same sound (especially the same vowel sound) occurring in successive stressed syllables
    comparable, corresponding, like
    conforming in every respect
    cookie-cutter
    having the same appearance (as if mass-produced)
    duplicate
    identically copied from an original
    homophonic
    having the same sound
    identical, indistinguishable
    exactly alike; incapable of being perceived as different
    one
    of the same kind or quality
    synoptic, synoptical
    presenting or taking the same point of view; used especially with regard to the first three gospels of the New Testament
    similar
    marked by correspondence or resemblance
    unvaried, unvarying
    lacking variety
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  2. adjective
    marked by dissimilarity
    “people are profoundly different
    synonyms: dissimilar, unlike
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    Antonyms:
    like, similar
    resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination
    like-minded
    of the same turn of mind
    look-alike
    resembling closely
    suchlike
    of the same kind
    same
    closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree
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  3. adjective
    differing from all others; not ordinary
    “advertising that strives continually to be different
    “this new music is certainly different but I don't really like it”
    Synonyms:
    unusual
    not usual or common or ordinary
  4. adjective
    distinct or separate
    “each interviewed different members of the community”
    Synonyms:
    other
    not the same one or ones already mentioned or implied
  5. adjective
    distinctly separate from the first
    “that's another (or different) issue altogether”
    Synonyms:
    other
    not the same one or ones already mentioned or implied
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