noun \ˈdi-fərn(t)s, ˈdi-f(ə-)rən(t)s\

: 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

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
:  distinction or discrimination in preference <timing is often the difference between success and failure>
a :  disagreement in opinion :  dissension
b :  an instance or cause of disagreement <unable to settle their differences>
:  the degree or amount by which things differ in quantity or measure; specifically :  remainder 2b(1)
:  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.

First Known Use of DIFFERENCE

14th century


transitive verb

Definition of DIFFERENCE

Examples of DIFFERENCE

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

First Known Use of DIFFERENCE



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