dI f@r @ns [or] dI fr@ns
definition 1: the condition of differing; unlikeness.
example: Some people are not comfortable with difference; they prefer things that are similar to those things with which they are already familiar.
definition 2: a particular instance of being unlike or not the same as something else.
example: The professor explained the difference between communism and socialism.
definition 3: a change in a situation or person.
example: Have you noticed the difference in her since she returned from living abroad?
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Collocations: Words often used in combination with the noun difference
ADJECTIVE + difference: significant ~ , huge ~ , big ~ , major ~ , considerable ~ , main ~ , fundamental ~ , noticeable ~ , observable ~ , marked ~ , obvious ~ , crucial ~ , subtle ~ , slight ~ , minor ~ , insignificant ~
difference + PREPOSITION:
- ~ between (e.g., the difference between one group and another, differences between males and females)
- ~ among (e.g., studying the differences among the three groups)
- ~ in (e.g., the difference in weight between the two children, the difference in the patient’s behavior after the treatment, the difference in rates of survival during infancy)
- ~ of (e.g., a difference of opinion on this subject, a difference of three degrees in the temperature )
- ~ with respect to (e.g., the differences with respect to general health among these individuals )
VERB + difference: make ~ (e.g., All her efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of these children), see ~ , notice ~ , detect ~ (e.g., He detected a slight difference in her attitude), note ~ , observe ~ , perceive ~ , explain ~ , illustrate ~ , elucidate ~ , reveal ~ , reflect ~