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What's the difference between these two computers?
There's a big difference in the attitudes of town and country people.
the significant difference in sound quality between CDs and records
There are subtle differences in their arrangement of the music.
The fundamental difference between John and Jake is their attitudes to money.
The same car costs $500 less here, which is quite a difference!
Despite this age difference, they fell in love.
There's a world of difference between liking someone and wanting to marry them.
The winner received 2365 votes, and the runner-up 2348 – a difference of only 17 votes.
trying to smooth out differences between them
Joe and I have had our differences, but we work well together.
The two parties agreed to settle their differences.
Journalists were told the talks had broken down because of irreconcilable differences.
The fact that I can now organize my own time makes a big difference.
Having someone to talk to made all the difference to my mother.
This is the American English definition of difference. View British English definition of difference.
a plan or course of action that is not possible to achieve
a type of design used on the web which excludes features which give a three-dimensional effect … and uses simple stylesadd a word
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