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noun difference pronunciation in British English /ˈdɪfrəns/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] something that makes one thing or person not the same as another thing or person
    cultural/social/political differences
    difference 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 records
    crucial/essential/fundamental difference: The fundamental difference between John and Jake is their attitudes to money.
  2. 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.
  3. 3


    [plural] disagreements about something
    trying to smooth out differences between them
    have 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.




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