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noun material pronunciation in American English /məˈtɪriəl/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] cloth

    Her dress was made of a thin lacy material.

    heavy material for making curtains

  2. 2
    [uncountable] a substance, especially one used for a particular purpose

    Brick was used as the main building material for local churches.

    1. a.
      a substance, especially one that has a particular quality

      radioactive/organic material

      All waste material is recycled where possible.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] information, ideas, and experiences that you use as the subject of a book, movie, song, etc.

    Newspaper articles are a good source of material for stories.

    1. a.
      an entertainers songs, jokes, etc

      The concert will include material from their new album.

  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] documents, etc. that are used for a particular activity

    publicity material

    Professors are expected to furnish their own teaching materials.

  5. 5
    [uncountable] someone who is appropriate for a particular job or situation

    He wasn’t really officer material.


… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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