make a difference



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make a difference (third-person singular simple present makes a difference, present participle making a difference, simple past and past participle made a difference)

  1. (idiomatic, intransitive) To carry out an action, the result of which is a significant change, or an altered circumstance.
    I was hoping that, by volunteering at this refuge, I could make a difference, however small.
  2. (idiomatic, intransitive) To be of importance; to matter.
    I don't think it makes a difference whether you come tonight or not.
    • 2013, Debora L. Spar, Wonder Women[1], page 114:
      Increasingly, it does not make a difference—economically, at least—whether the husband or wife is the primary wage earner, or whether either or both of them work.

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