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noun material pronunciation in British English /məˈtɪəriəl/
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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, film, 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
    Staff are expected to produce their own teaching materials.
  5. 5
    [uncountable] someone who is suitable for a particular job or situation
    He wasn’t really officer material.


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