What are red words?
90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing.These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are morefrequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
- 1[countable/uncountable] something that makes one thing or person not the same as another thing or person
cultural/social/political differencesdifference between:
What's the difference between these two computers?difference in:
There's a big difference in the attitudes of town and country people.slight/subtle/minor differences:
There are subtle differences in their arrangement of the music.significant/marked/major difference:
the significant difference in sound quality between CDs and recordscrucial/essential/fundamental difference:
The fundamental difference between John and Jake is their attitudes to money.
- 2[countable] [usually singular] the amount by which one thing is different from another thing
The same car costs £500 less here, which is quite a difference!difference of:
The winner received 2365 votes, and the runner-up 2348 – a difference of only 17 votes.age/price/temperature difference:
Despite this age difference, they fell in love.
There's a world of difference between liking someone and wanting to marry them.
differences[plural] disagreements about something
trying to smooth out differences between themhave your differences:
Joe and I have had our differences, but we work well together.resolve/settle your differences:
The two parties agreed to settle their differences.irreconcilable differences (=disagreements that cannot be settled):
Journalists were told the talks had broken down because of irreconcilable differences.
make a difference
- 2something that makes a lot of difference has a good effect on a person or situationmake a big/a great deal of/a lot of difference:
The fact that I can now organize my own time makes a big difference.make all the difference (to someone):
Having someone to talk to made all the difference to my mother.
make no/little difference
tell/see the difference
with a difference
This is the British English definition of difference. View American English definition of difference