I was able to translate the terms as friend. Is there any difference in meaning between the 2 terms?

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友{とも} 'tomo' is basically not used in everyday modern Japanese. You may sometimes encounter it in literary writing, or in fiction to make a character sound archaic. 友達{ともだち} 'tomodachi' is the ordinary casual word for 'friend'. You can use it in most situations, though formally you can also say 友人{ゆうじん} 'yuujin'.

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