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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
  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
    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. 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.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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