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noun matter pronunciation in British English /ˈmætə(r)/ 
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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.

    an extremely important matter

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  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

    matters

    [plural] a situation that someone is involved in

    Her angry attitude didn't improve matters.

    to make matters worse:

    The parcel 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.

  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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