Definition of substantial
- a substantial meal
- earned a substantial wage
- a substantial house
- a substantial lie
A substantial number of people commute to work each day.
Activities like that pose a substantial risk of injury.
She purchased her tickets at a substantial discount.
Only the buildings that were constructed of more substantial materials survived the earthquake.
I was hoping that they would serve us something more substantial than wine and cheese.
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: large in amount, size, or number
: strongly made
of food : enough to satisfy hunger
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