noun mat·ter \ˈma-tər\

: something that is being done, talked about, or thought about

matters : the situation or subject that is being discussed or dealt with

physics : the thing that forms physical objects and occupies space

Full Definition of MATTER

a :  a subject under consideration
b :  a subject of disagreement or litigation
c plural :  the events or circumstances of a particular situation
d :  the subject or substance of a discourse or writing
e :  something of an indicated kind or having to do with an indicated field or situation <this is a serious matter> <as a matter of policy> <matters of faith>
f :  something to be proved in law
g obsolete :  sensible or serious material as distinguished from nonsense or drollery
h (1) obsolete :  reason, cause
(2) :  a source especially of feeling or emotion
i :  problem, difficulty
a :  the substance of which a physical object is composed
b :  material substance that occupies space, has mass, and is composed predominantly of atoms consisting of protons, neutrons, and electrons, that constitutes the observable universe, and that is interconvertible with energy
c :  a material substance of a particular kind or for a particular purpose <vegetable matter>
d (1) :  material (as feces or urine) discharged from the living body
(2) :  material discharged by suppuration :  pus
a :  the indeterminate subject of reality; especially :  the element in the universe that undergoes formation and alteration
b :  the formless substratum of all things which exists only potentially and upon which form acts to produce realities
:  a more or less definite amount or quantity <cooks in a matter of minutes>
:  something written or printed
:  mail
Christian Science :  the illusion that the objects perceived by the physical senses have the reality of substance
as a matter of fact
:  in fact :  actually
for that matter
:  so far as that is concerned
no matter
:  without regard to :  irrespective of <points in the same direction no matter how it is tilted>
no matter what
:  regardless of the costs, consequences, or results <wants to win, no matter what>
the matter
:  wrong <nothing's the matter with me>

Examples of MATTER

  1. He has a few personal matters to deal with.
  2. Disagreement is one thing, but accusations of lying are a different matter altogether!
  3. Can matter and energy be changed into each other?

Origin of MATTER

Middle English matere, from Anglo-French, from Latin materia matter, physical substance, from mater
First Known Use: 13th century



: to be important

Full Definition of MATTER

intransitive verb
:  to form or discharge pus :  suppurate <mattering wound>
:  to be of importance :  signify

Examples of MATTER

  1. It may not matter to you, but it matters a lot to me!
  2. Why are you being so quiet? Does it matter? Of course it matters!

First Known Use of MATTER


Related to MATTER

count, import, mean, signify, weigh, carry weight, cut ice


noun mat·ter \ˈmat-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MATTER

:  material (as feces or urine) discharged or for discharge from the living body <an obstruction interfering with passage of matter from the intestine>
:  material discharged by suppuration :  pus


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