Translation of "difference" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /ˈdɪf·əəns/ us /ˈdɪf·rəns/

A2 the way in which two people or things are not the same

What’s the difference between an ape and a monkey?

B1 the amount by which one thing is different from another

There’s a big difference in age between them.
make a difference

to have an effect on a situation

hacer la diferencia
Changing my appearance made a big difference to how I felt about myself.
it makes no difference; it doesn’t make any difference

it is not important

da igual
Do what you like – it doesn’t make any difference.
tell the difference

to notice the way in which two things are different

notar la diferencia
This coffee is half the price of that one, but I can’t tell the difference.
a difference of opinion

a disagreement

una diferencia de opiniones
They had a difference of opinion about/over their daughter’s education.

(Translation of “difference” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


noun /ˈdifrəns/

what makes one thing unlike another

I can’t see any difference between these two pictures
It doesn’t make any difference to me whether you go or stay
There’s not much difference between them.

an act of differing, especially a disagreement

We had a difference of opinion
Have they settled their differences? (= Have they stopped arguing?).

the amount by which one quantity or number is greater than another

If you buy it for me, I’ll give you $6 now and make up the difference later.
different adjective

(often with from) not the same

These gloves are not a pair – they’re different
My ideas are different from his.
differentiate /-ˈrenʃieit/ verb

to see or be able to tell a difference (between)

diferenciar, distinguir
It’s difficult to differentiate between the two birds because they look very similar.

(with between) to treat differently

hacer diferencias (entre)
She does not differentiate between her two children although one is adopted.
differentiation noun

differentiation in prices.
different is followed by from (not than).

(Translation of “difference” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)