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noun     matter pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable] something that you are discussing, considering, or dealing with
    a matter for something:

    Teachers feel this is a matter for discussion with parents.

  2. 2

    the matter

    used for talking about problems or bad situations
    what’s the matter:

    You look sad. What’s the matter?

    What’s the matter with the car?

    I think there’s something the matter with the printer.

    there’s nothing the matter (=there is no problem):

    There’s nothing the matter with you – you’re just tired.

  3. 3


    [plural] a situation that someone is involved in
    to make matters worse:

    The package arrived late and, to make matters worse, it wasn’t what we had ordered.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] a particular type of substance

    You can improve the soil by adding composted organic matter.

    1. a.
      science the physical substance that everything in the world is made of
    2. b.
      medical the yellow substance that a part of your body produces when it is infected
  5. 5
    [singular] used for emphasizing how short a period of time is
    matter of:

    The school could close in a matter of a few weeks.

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