What is the difference between the wp_title and the_title tags?

The wp_title and the the_title both are the different functions of WordPress and have a different purpose.
Normally we see these function as the same but in general, they are different.
wp_title() function is for use outside “The Loop” to display the title of a Page. the_title() on the other hand is used within “The Loop“.

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wp_title() function Example:
normally you will wp_title in the header section of the coding file called headed.php in WordPress.

The above code will display the Title of the Page with separator sign (|) and in the right position.
We also can leave it blank like:

In other case the_title() function Example:

In Query:

As simply described that it will display the Title of the one Single post or the multiple posts in a loop.
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