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dif·fer·ent

different

 
 
pronunciation:
dI fr nt [or] dI frnt
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Language Note, Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not the same; not alike.
The twins wore different shirts so the teacher could tell them apart.
synonyms:
diverse, unlike
antonyms:
akin, alike, allied, equal, equivalent, identical, same, similar
similar words:
contrary
definition 2: separate; not the same.
There are two different routes you can take to the library.
synonyms:
distinct
antonyms:
identical, related, same
similar words:
individual, single
derivations: differently (adv.), differentness (n.)
Language Note
There is no firm rule to tell you when to use different from and when to use different than. Most of the time, different from comes before a noun phrase. Different than usually comes before a clause. (A clause is a sentence part with a noun and a verb.)

The shoes Cinderella wore to the ball were different from her everyday ones. After midnight, she looked different than she did at the ball.
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The word different contains the following parts:
dif- Latin prefix that means not, apart, reverse, negate
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The prefix dif- is an assimilated form of the prefix dis-, used before roots beginning with "f", such as "fid" and "fer." See dis-.
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fer, lat2, -late Latin root that means carry, bring
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See also -iferous and -fic
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means (in adjectives) doing the action denoted by the verb root; (in nouns) one who or that which does the action denoted by the verb root.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.