Meaning of DIFFERENCE in English

I. ˈdi-fərn(t)s, ˈdi-f(ə-)rən(t)s noun

Date: 14th century


a. : the quality or state of being different

the difference between right and wrong

b. : an instance of differing in nature, form, or quality

noted the difference s in color and texture

c. archaic : a characteristic that distinguishes one from another or from the average

d. : the element or factor that separates or distinguishes contrasting situations

2. : distinction or discrimination in preference

timing is often the difference between success and failure


a. : disagreement in opinion : dissension

b. : an instance or cause of disagreement

unable to settle their difference s

4. : the degree or amount by which things differ in quantity or measure ; specifically : remainder 2b(1)

5. : a significant change in or effect on a situation

it makes no difference to me

II. transitive verb

( -enced ; -enc·ing )

Date: 1576

: differentiate , distinguish

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