Difference definition

dĭfər-əns, dĭfrəns
(rare) To distinguish as or make different.
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A discrimination or distinction in preference.
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A significant effect on or change in a situation.
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The way in which people or things are different; esp., a determining point or factor that makes for a distinct change or contrast.
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To distinguish or differentiate.
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Difference is defined as the features that make one thing distinct from another or the condition of when a change is made.

An example of difference is black and white.

An example of difference is when you want to change the world.

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The quality or condition of being unlike or dissimilar.
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A noticeable change or effect.

Exercise has made a difference in her health.

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A disagreement or controversy.

Let's settle our differences.

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Discrimination in taste or choice; distinction.

In this case, the law should make no difference between young and old.

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Condition, quality, fact, or instance of being different.
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A dispute; quarrel.
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An instance of disparity or unlikeness.

There is a big difference in sound between a clarinet and an oboe.

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A degree or amount by which things differ.

A difference in height of three inches.

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The amount by which one quantity is greater or less than another.
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The amount that remains after one quantity is subtracted from another.
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(math.) The amount by which one quantity differs from another; remainder left after subtraction.
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The state of holding a differing opinion; disagreement.
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The point at issue; point of disagreement.
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(uncountable) The quality of being different.

You need to learn to be more tolerant of difference.

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(countable) A disagreement or argument.

We have our little differences, but we are firm friends.

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(countable) The result of a subtraction; sometimes the absolute value of this result.
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(heraldry) An addition to a coat of arms to distinguish two people's bearings which would otherwise be the same. See augmentation and cadency.
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(logic) The quality or attribute which is added to those of the genus to constitute a species; a differentia.
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(countable, uncountable) Significant change in or effect on a situation or state.

It just won't make much difference to me.

It just won't make much of a difference to anyone.

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To distinguish or differentiate.

(The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought).

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(countable) A characteristic of something that makes it different from something else.

There are three differences between these two pictures.

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(it's the) same difference
  • there is no difference
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make a difference
  • to have an effect; matter
  • to change the outlook or situation
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make no difference
  • to have no effect; not matter
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split the difference
  • to share the remainder equally
  • to make a compromise
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what's the difference?
  • what does it matter?
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
difference
Plural:
differences

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

(it's the) same difference
make no difference

Origin of difference

  • From Middle English, from Old French difference, from Latin differentia (“difference”), from differens (“different”), present participle of differre

    From Wiktionary