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In order for something to be different, you must have something to compare it to.

In particular, difference can refer to:

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## difference

### -noun

1. (uncountable) The quality of being different.
2. (countable) A characteristic of something that makes it different from something else.
3. (countable) A disagreement or argument.
4. (countable, arithmetic) The result of a subtraction; sometimes the absolute value of this result.

### -verb

1. (transitive) To distinguish or differentiate.
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