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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: différer 'to delay, be different', from Latin differre, from ferre 'to carry'

differ

verb
     
dif‧fer W3 [intransitive]
1 to be different from something in some way:
The two systems differ in many respects.
differ from
People differ from one another in their ability to handle stress.
differ between
The symptoms did not differ between the two groups.
differ widely/greatly/significantly etc
We soon found that prices differed enormously.
Experts have differing views on the subject.
2 if two people or groups differ about something, they have opposite opinions [= disagree]
differ about/on/over
The two lawyers differed about how to present the case.
3

agree to differ

to stop arguing with someone and accept that you will never agree
4

I beg to differ

spoken formal used to say that you disagree with someone

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