Meaning of DIFFERENCE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ dɪfrəns ]

( differences)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


The difference between two things is the way in which they are unlike each other.

That is the fundamental difference between the two societies...

...the vast difference in size...

N-COUNT : usu N prep


A difference between two quantities is the amount by which one quantity is less than the other.

The difference is 8532.



If people have their differences about something, they disagree about it.

The two communities are learning how to resolve their differences.

N-COUNT : usu pl , oft poss N


If something makes a difference or makes a lot of difference , it affects you and helps you in what you are doing. If something makes no difference , it does not have any effect on what you are doing.

Where you live can make such a difference to the way you feel...

His retirement won’t make any difference to the way we conduct our affairs.

PHRASE : V inflects


If you split the difference with someone, you agree on an amount or price which is halfway between two suggested amounts or prices.

Shall we split the difference and say $7,500?

PHRASE : V inflects


If you describe a job or holiday, for example, as a job with a difference or a holiday with a difference , you mean that the job or holiday is very interesting and unusual. ( INFORMAL )

For a beach resort with a difference, try Key West.



If there is a difference of opinion between two or more people or groups, they disagree about something.

Was there a difference of opinion over what to do with the Nobel Prize money?

PHRASE : difference inflects

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