: the substance of which a physical object is composed
: 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
: a material substance of a particular kind or for a particular purpose
: material (such as feces or urine) discharged from the living body
He has a few personal matters to deal with.
Disagreement is one thing, but accusations of lying are a different matter altogether!
Can matter and energy be changed into each other? Verb
It may not matter to you, but it matters a lot to me!
“Why are you being so quiet?” “Does it matter?” “Of course it matters!”
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The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol interviewed former Secret Service agent Tony Ornato on Tuesday about Donald Trump's actions on the day of the insurrection, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Farnoush Amiri, ajc, 30 Nov. 2022 Bloomberg, citing a source familiar with the matter, confirmed Apple has trimmed its Twitter ad buy.
Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 29 Nov. 2022 Apple spends well over $100 million to advertise on the social network annually, according to Bloomberg News, which cited people familiar with the matter.
Kate Gibson, CBS News, 29 Nov. 2022 Apple was consistently one of the top advertisers on the social network, which had an entire team of employees dedicated to helping maintain the relationship, according to people familiar with the matter.Time, 29 Nov. 2022 Industry veterans said that in terms of cost, factors like property acquisition, permitting and engineering work, and the sheer complexity of digging through rock or soil matter far more than tunneling speed.
Ted Mann And Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, 28 Nov. 2022 The exits will involve layoffs of several hundred out of a workforce of thousands, leaving Amazon relying on its core offerings such as online retail in the country, according to a person familiar with the matter.BostonGlobe.com, 28 Nov. 2022 Anderson Lee Aldrich related to this weekend’s shooting in Colorado Springs, or any other matter in Colorado.
Josh Margolin, ABC News, 22 Nov. 2022 The soaring number of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles has become an increasing matter of concern in Oregon, and throughout the country.oregonlive, 20 Nov. 2022
None of the villagers even knew the last names of the six men who had been killed, execution-style, and then buried here, but that didn’t matter.
Jeffrey Gettleman Finbarr O’reilly, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2022 But for all practical purposes, that difference may not matter.
Katie Arnold-ratliff, SELF, 29 Nov. 2022 None of that will matter, though, if the Buckeyes go a second straight year without winning the game that matters most.
Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2022 What other people say outside of this program doesn’t matter.
Stephen Means, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2022 But none of it will matter if the Patriots don’t finish the season strongly.
Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Nov. 2022 But the fact that Yale is more focused on training people to think deep thoughts about the law, or ignore it entirely, doesn’t matter much for its ranking, because the job placement statistic only counts for 4 percent of its score.
Kevin Carey, The New Republic, 22 Nov. 2022 Does that really matter, given all that the symphony and Price represent?
Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 For those standing in line Monday, such details didn’t really matter.
Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 21 Nov. 2022 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English matere, from Anglo-French, from Latin materia matter, physical substance, from mater