What is the meaning of matter?


  • A vaguely specified concern.
    • usage: "several matters to attend to"; "it is none of your affair"; "things are going well"
  • Some situation or event that is thought about.
    • usage: "he kept drifting off the topic"; "he had been thinking about the subject for several years"; "it is a matter for the police"
  • That which has mass and occupies space.
    • usage: "physicists study both the nature of matter and the forces which govern it"
  • A problem.
    • usage: "is anything the matter"
  • Used with negation. ( having consequence)
    • usage: "they were friends and it was no matter who won the games"
  • Written works (especially in books or magazines. )
    • usage: "he always took some reading matter with him on the plane"


  • Have weight; have import, carry weight.
    • usage: "It does not matter much"
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APAWordNet. (2010). matter. Retrieved April 20, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/matter/definitions/1211808
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "matter" http://smartdefine.org/matter/definitions/1211808 (accessed April 20, 2019).
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