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difference

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noun dif·fer·ence \ˈdi-fərn(t)s, ˈdi-f(ə-)rən(t)s\

Simple Definition of difference

  • : the quality that makes one person or thing unlike another

  • : something that people do not agree about : a disagreement in opinion

  • : the degree or amount by which things differ

Full Definition of difference

  1. 1 a :  the quality or state of being different <the difference between right and wrong> b :  an instance of differing in nature, form, or quality <noted the differences in color and texture> c archaic :  a characteristic that distinguishes one from another or from the average d :  the element or factor that separates or distinguishes contrasting situations

  2. 2 :  distinction or discrimination in preference <timing is often the difference between success and failure>

  3. 3 a :  disagreement in opinion :  dissension b :  an instance or cause of disagreement <unable to settle their differences>

  4. 4 :  the degree or amount by which things differ in quantity or measure; specifically :  remainder 2b(1)

  5. 5 :  a significant change in or effect on a situation <it makes no difference to me>

Examples of difference

  1. She knows the difference between right and wrong.

  2. There's no difference between the two houses. They look exactly the same.

  3. There's a big difference in price.



14th Century

First Known Use of difference

14th century


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difference

verb dif·fer·ence

Definition of difference

differenceddifferenc·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  differentiate, distinguish



Examples of difference

  1. <people who cannot difference God's will from their own selfish desires and prejudices>



1576

First Known Use of difference

1576



DIFFERENCE Defined for Kids

difference

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noun dif·fer·ence \ˈdi-fə-rens, ˈdi-frəns\

Definition of difference

  1. 1 :  what makes two or more persons or things not the same <I can't see any difference between the two designs.>

  2. 2 :  a disagreement about something <They've always had their differences.>

  3. 3 :  the number that is left after subtracting one number from another <The difference between six and four is two.>

  4. 4 :  an important change <A tutor has made a difference in his grades.>





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