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difference

noun uk   /ˈdɪf.ər.əns/ us    /-ɚ-/

difference noun (NOT THE SAME)

A2 [C or U] the way in which two or more things which you are comparing are not the same: What's the difference between an ape and a monkey? Is there any significant difference in quality between these two items? make a (big) difference B2 (also make all the difference) to improve a situation (a lot): Exercise can make a big difference to your state of health. Putting up some new wallpaper has made all the difference to the place. not make any difference B2 (also not make the slightest difference) to not change a situation in any way: You can ask him again if you like, but it won't make any difference - he'll still say no. It makes no difference where you put the aerial, the TV picture's still lousy. with a difference describes something unusual, and more interesting or better than other things of the same type: Try new Cremetti - the ice cream with a difference.

difference noun (NOT AGREEING)

C2 [C usually plural] a disagreement: They had an awful row several years ago, but now they've settled/resolved their differences. have a difference of opinion to disagree: They had a difference of opinion about/over their child's education.

difference noun (AMOUNT)

B1 [C or U] the amount by which one thing is different from another: a(n) age/price/temperature difference There's a big difference in age between them. There's a difference of eight years between them.
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