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"difference" in British English

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differencenoun

uk   /ˈdɪf.ər.əns/  us   /ˈdɪf.ɚ.əns/
  • 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 inquality 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 toyourstate 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 ​want, but it won't make any difference - he'll still say no. It makes no difference where you put the ​plants - they won't ​grow in this ​soil.
with a difference
used to say that something is ​unusual, and more ​interesting or ​better than other things of the same ​type: Try new Cremetti - the ​icecream with a difference.

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  • difference noun (NOT AGREEING)

C2 [C usually plural] a ​disagreement: They had a ​terribleargument a few ​weeks ago, but now they've settled/​resolvedtheir differences.
have a difference of opinion
to ​disagree: They had a difference of ​opinion about/overtheir child's ​education.
(Definition of difference from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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differencenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈdɪf·rəns, -ər·əns/
the way in which two things being ​compared are not the same, or the ​fact of not being the same: [C] We ​try to ​teach the ​kids the difference between ​right and ​wrong. [C] We’d like ​betterseats, but if the difference in ​price is too much, we’ll ​keep what we have.
(Definition of difference from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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