From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdifferentdif‧fe‧rent /ˈdɪfərənt/ ●●●S1W1 adjective1DIFFERENTnot like something or someone else, or not like beforeOPP similardifferent fromOur sons are very different from each other.different toHer jacket’s different to mine.different than American EnglishHe seemed different than he did in New York.The place looks completely different now.They decided to try a radically different approach.We found women had significantly different political views from men.a slightly different way of doing thingsWhat actually happened was subtly different from the PR people’s version.The show is refreshingly different from most exhibitions of modern art.The publishing business is no different from any other business in this respect.It’s a different world here in London.GRAMMAR: Prepositions with different• You usually say different from: Their home is different from ours.• In American English, people also say different than: Their home is different than ours.• In spoken British English, people also say different to: Their home is different to ours.✗Don’t say: Their home is different of ours.2[only before noun]VARIOUS/OF DIFFERENT KINDS used to talk about two or more separate things of the same basickindSYN variousDifferent people reacted in different ways.different types/kinds etcThere are many different types of fabric.I looked in lots of different books but couldn’t find anything about it.3[only before noun]DIFFERENT anotherI think she’s moved to a different job now.4spokenUNUSUALunusual, often in a way that you do not like‘What did you think of the film?’ ‘Well, it was certainly different.’ —differently adverbI didn’t expect to be treated any differently from anyone else.Things could have turned out quite differently.THESAURUSdifferent if something or someone is different, they are not like something or someone else, or they are not like they were beforeYou look different. Have you had your hair cut?We’ve painted the door a different colour.The cultures of the two countries are very different.unique very different, special, or unusual and the only one of its kind. Don’t use words such as very before uniqueThe book is certainly very rare, and possibly unique.the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islandsdistinctive having a special feature or appearance that makes something different from other things, and makes it easy to recognizeMale birds have distinctive blue and yellow markings.unlike [preposition] completely different from a particular person or thingIn Britain, unlike the United States, the government provides health care. have nothing in common if two people have nothing in common, they do not have the same interests or opinions and therefore cannot form a friendlyrelationshipApart from the fact that we went to the same school, we have absolutely nothing in common.there’s no/little resemblance used when saying that two people or things seem very differentThere’s no resemblance between the two sisters at all.The final product bore no resemblance to the original proposal (=it was very different).dissimilar formal not the same as something elseThese four politically dissimilar states have all signed a treaty of friendship and cooperation.be like chalk and cheese British English informal if two people are like chalk and cheese, they are completely differentIt’s hard to believe that they’re brothers – they’re like chalk and cheese!be (like) apples and oranges American English informal used when saying that two people or things are very differentYou can't compare residential and commercial real estate markets. It's apples and oranges. Obama and Romney are apples and oranges.Comparing homemade soup to canned soup is really comparing apples and oranges.