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  1. 1
    used especially in questions and negative statements when you are talking about whether something is important
    it matters that:

    Why should it matter that he’s a little overweight?

    it matters if:

    It doesn’t really matter if we’re a bit late.

    Does it matter if I don’t take a present?

  2. 2
    used especially in questions and negative statements about whether something makes a difference

    ‘I’ve forgotten my swimming stuff.’ ‘It doesn’t matter – you can borrow these.’

    it matters that:

    I don’t think it matters that he hasn’t got a degree.

    it matters which/whether/how etc:

    It doesn’t matter how you look at it: the problem remains the same.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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