make a difference - definition and synonyms

  1. 1
    to have an important effect on something, especially a good effect
    make a difference to:

    This scheme will certainly make a difference to the way I do my job.

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  2. 2
    something that makes a lot of difference has a good effect on a person or situation
    make 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.

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See also main entry: difference