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difference

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

Definition of difference

  1. 1a :  the quality or state of being dissimilar or different <the difference between right and wrong>b :  an instance of being unlike or distinct 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 < … an absolute gentleman, full of the most excellent differences … — William Shakespeare>d :  the element or factor that separates or distinguishes contrasting situations <Timing is often the difference between success and failure.>

  2. 2 :  distinction or discrimination in preference

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

  4. 4 mathematics :  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 in a sentence

  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.

Origin and Etymology of difference

see differ


First Known Use: 14th century


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difference

verb dif·fer·ence

Definition of difference

differenced

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differencing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  differentiate, distinguish < … every individual has something that differences it from another … — John Locke>

Examples of difference in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of difference

see differ


First Known Use: 15th century



DIFFERENCE Defined for English Language Learners

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difference

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

Definition of difference for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DIFFERENCE Defined for Kids

difference

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

Definition of difference for Students

  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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