/ 5dIfrEnt; `dIfrEnt/ adj
~ (from/to sb/sth); esp US ~ (than sb/sth) not the same (as sb/sth) 不同的; 不一样的; 有区别的: the same product with a different name 名称不同的同一种产品 * The room looks different with the furniture gone. 家具搬走之後, 这房间变了样了. * Their tastes are different from/to mine. 他们的爱好与我的不同. * She is wearing a different dress every time I see her. 我每次见到她时, 她穿的衣服都不重样.
separate; distinct 分别的; 彼此分开的; 各不相同的: I called on three different occasions, but he was out. 我打了三次电话, 他都不在. * They are sold in different colours, ie a variety of colours. 这批货有多种颜色供选购.
(idm 习语) (as) ,different as ,chalk and/from `cheese completely different 天差地远; 迥然不同. a (very) different kettle of fish (infml 口) a completely different person or thing from the one previously mentioned 与所提及的人或事物完全不同者; 另一码事. know different => know. sing a different song/tune => sing. > differently adv.
NOTE ON USAGE 用法: British and US English differ as regards the prepositions used after different. 接在different後面的介词, 在英式英语和美式英语中有所不同.
1 Before a noun or adverbial phrase, both from and to are acceptable in British English. 若用在名词或状语短语前, 英式英语使用fromto均可. Some speakers prefer from. 有的人喜欢用from. Different than is not usual *different than则不常用: He's very different from/to his brother. 他跟他哥哥很不同. * This visit is very different from/to last time. 这次的访问与上次大不一样. In US English than is commonly used (not to) 在美式英语中, than使用得较普遍(to则不常见): Your trains are different from/than ours. 你们的火车跟我们的不一样. * You look different than before. 你看上去跟从前不同了.
2 In both varieties, but especially in US English, than is an alternative to from before a clause 在以上两种英语中, 尤其是美式英语, 从句前既可用from亦可用than: His appearance was very different from what I'd expected/His appearance was very different than I'd expected. 他的容貌与我想像的相去甚远.