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1. That which occupies space and has mass; physical substance.
2. A type of such substance: organic matter.
3. Discharge or waste, such as pus or feces, from a living organism.
4. Philosophy In Aristotelian and Scholastic use, that which is in itself undifferentiated and formless and which, as the subject of change and development, receives form and becomes substance.
5. The substance of thought or expression as opposed to the manner in which it is stated or conveyed.
6. A subject of concern, feeling, or action: matters of foreign policy; a personal matter. See Synonyms at subject.
7. Trouble or difficulty: What's the matter with your car?
8. An approximated quantity, amount, or extent: The construction will last a matter of years.
9. Something printed or otherwise set down in writing: reading matter.
intr.v. mat·tered, mat·ter·ing, mat·ters
To be of importance: "Love is most nearly itself / When here and now cease to matter" (T.S. Eliot).
as a matter of fact
In fact; actually.
for that matter
So far as that is concerned; as for that.
no matter
Regardless of: "Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take, / No matter where it's going" (Edna St. Vincent Millay).

[Middle English mater, from Old French matere, from Latin māteria, wood, timber, matter, from māter, mother (because the woody part was seen as the source of growth); see māter- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. that which makes up something, esp a physical object; material
2. substance that occupies space and has mass, as distinguished from substance that is mental, spiritual, etc
3. substance of a specified type: vegetable matter; reading matter.
4. (sometimes foll by: of or for) thing; affair; concern; question: a matter of taste; several matters to attend to; no laughing matter.
5. a quantity or amount: a matter of a few pence.
6. the content of written or verbal material as distinct from its style or form
7. (used with a negative) importance; consequence
8. (Philosophy) philosophy (in the writings of Aristotle and the Scholastics) that which is itself formless but can receive form and become substance
9. (Philosophy) philosophy (in the Cartesian tradition) one of two basic modes of existence, the other being mind: matter being extended in space as well as time
10. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing
a. type set up, either standing or for use
b. copy to be set in type
11. (Pathology) a secretion or discharge, such as pus
12. (Law) law
a. something to be proved
b. statements or allegations to be considered by a court
13. for that matter as regards that
14. See grey matter
15. no matter
a. regardless of; irrespective of: no matter what the excuse, you must not be late.
b. (sentence substitute) it is unimportant
16. the matter wrong; the trouble: there's nothing the matter.
vb (intr)
17. to be of consequence or importance
18. (Pathology) to form and discharge pus
[C13 (n), C16 (vb): from Latin māteria cause, substance, esp wood, or a substance that produces something else; related to māter mother]
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(ˈmæt ər)

1. the substance of which any physical object consists or is composed.
2. physical or corporeal substance in general, whether solid, liquid, or gaseous, esp. as distinguished from incorporeal substance, as spirit or mind, or from qualities, actions, and the like.
3. something that occupies space.
4. a particular kind of substance: coloring matter.
5. a situation; affair: a trivial matter.
6. an amount or extent reckoned approximately: a matter of 10 miles.
7. importance; significance: decisions of little matter.
8. reason; cause: a matter for complaint.
9. the substance of discourse or writing.
10. something written or printed: reading matter.
11. things sent by mail.
12. a substance discharged by a living body, esp. pus.
13. that which relates to form as potentiality does to actuality.
14. to be of importance; signify: It matters to me.
15. to suppurate.
1. for that matter, as far as that is concerned; as for that.
2. no matter, regardless or irrespective of: no matter how we try.
16. to be the matter, to be a source of concern; be amiss or awry: What's the matter? Something's the matter.
[1175–1225; Middle English mater(e), materie < Anglo-French, Old French mat(i)ere, materie < Latin māteria woody part of a tree, material, substance, derivative of māter mother1]
mat′ter•ful, adj.
mat′ter•less, adj.
syn: matter, material, stuff, substance refer to that of which physical objects are composed. matter applies to anything occupying space and perceptible to the senses; it may denote a particular kind: solid matter; vegetable matter. material refers to a definite kind of matter, esp. that used to manufacture or construct something: woolen material; building materials. stuff is an informal term that applies to the basic material of which something is made; it may also denote an unspecified kind of material: Do you have the stuff to make the rug? substance is usu. a definite kind of matter thought of in relation to its characteristic properties: a sticky substance. These terms are also used abstractly, esp. with reference to thought or expression: controversial matter; material for a novel; the stuff of dreams; the substance of a speech.
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Something that occupies space, has mass, and can exist ordinarily as a solid, liquid, or gas.
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variant crystalline structure in a chemical compound. — allomorphic, adj.
the quality of certain substances to exist in more than one form, with different properties in each form. — allotropic, allotropical, adj.
Philosophy. the doctrine that all matter has life. — hylozoist, n. — hylozoistic, adj.
1. the philosophical theory that regards matter and its phenomena as the only reality and explains all occurrences, including the mental, as due to material agencies.
2. attention to or emphasis on material objects, needs, and considerations, with a disinterest in or rejection of intellectual and spiritual values. — materialist, n. — materialistic, adj.
Metaphysics. any of various theories holding that there is only one basic substance or principle that is the ground of reality. — monist, n. — monistic, monistical, adj.
Chemistry and Geology. the study of the flow and deformation of colloids, especially pastes. — rheologist, n. — rheologic, rheological, adj.
Obsolete, the branch of physics that studies the properties of matter. Also called somatics.
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1. talking about a problem

The matter is used after what, something, anything, or nothing to talk about a problem or difficulty. You use the matter in the same way as an adjective like wrong. For example, instead of saying 'Is something wrong?' you can say 'Is something the matter?'

What's the matter?
There's something the matter with your eyes.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'the matter' with this meaning in other types of sentence. Don't say, for example, 'The matter is that we don't know where she is'. Say 'The problem is that we don't know where she is' or 'The trouble is that we don't know where she is'.

The problem is that she can't cook.
The trouble is there isn't enough money.
2. 'It doesn't matter'

When someone apologizes to you, you can say 'It doesn't matter.' Don't say 'No matter'.

'I've only got dried milk.' – 'It doesn't matter.'
3. 'no matter'

You use no matter in expressions such as no matter what and no matter how to say that something happens or is true in all circumstances.

He does what he wants, no matter what I say.
Call me when you get home, no matter how late it is.

Don't use no matter to mention something that makes your main statement seem surprising. Don't say, for example, 'No matter the rain, we carried on playing'. Say 'In spite of the rain, we carried on playing' or 'Despite the rain, we carried on playing'

In spite of his ill health, my father was always cheerful.
4. used as a countable noun

A matter is a situation that someone has to deal with.

I wanted to talk to you about a personal matter.
This is a matter for the police.

You can use the plural form matters to refer to a situation that has just been discussed.

There is only one applicant for the job, which makes matters easier.
His attitude did not help matters.

Be Careful!
When matters has this meaning, don't put 'the' in front of it. Don't say, for example 'His attitude did not help the matters.'

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Past participle: mattered
Gerund: mattering

I matter
you matter
he/she/it matters
we matter
you matter
they matter
I mattered
you mattered
he/she/it mattered
we mattered
you mattered
they mattered
Present Continuous
I am mattering
you are mattering
he/she/it is mattering
we are mattering
you are mattering
they are mattering
Present Perfect
I have mattered
you have mattered
he/she/it has mattered
we have mattered
you have mattered
they have mattered
Past Continuous
I was mattering
you were mattering
he/she/it was mattering
we were mattering
you were mattering
they were mattering
Past Perfect
I had mattered
you had mattered
he/she/it had mattered
we had mattered
you had mattered
they had mattered
I will matter
you will matter
he/she/it will matter
we will matter
you will matter
they will matter
Future Perfect
I will have mattered
you will have mattered
he/she/it will have mattered
we will have mattered
you will have mattered
they will have mattered
Future Continuous
I will be mattering
you will be mattering
he/she/it will be mattering
we will be mattering
you will be mattering
they will be mattering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mattering
you have been mattering
he/she/it has been mattering
we have been mattering
you have been mattering
they have been mattering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mattering
you will have been mattering
he/she/it will have been mattering
we will have been mattering
you will have been mattering
they will have been mattering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mattering
you had been mattering
he/she/it had been mattering
we had been mattering
you had been mattering
they had been mattering
I would matter
you would matter
he/she/it would matter
we would matter
you would matter
they would matter
Past Conditional
I would have mattered
you would have mattered
he/she/it would have mattered
we would have mattered
you would have mattered
they would have mattered
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The physical being.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.matter - a vaguely specified concern; "several matters to attend to"; "it is none of your affair"; "things are going well"
concern - something that interests you because it is important or affects you; "the safety of the ship is the captain's concern"
least - something that is of no importance; "it is the least I can do"; "that is the least of my concerns"
2.matter - some situation or event that is thought aboutmatter - some situation or event that is thought about; "he kept drifting off the topic"; "he had been thinking about the subject for several years"; "it is a matter for the police"
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
area - a subject of study; "it was his area of specialization"; "areas of interest include..."
blind spot - a subject about which you are ignorant or prejudiced and fail to exercise good judgment; "golf is one of his blind spots and he's proud of it"
remit - the topic that a person, committee, or piece of research is expected to deal with or has authority to deal with; "they set up a group with a remit to suggest ways for strengthening family life"
res adjudicata, res judicata - a matter already settled in court; cannot be raised again
3.matter - that which has mass and occupies space; "physicists study both the nature of matter and the forces which govern it"
physical entity - an entity that has physical existence
substance - the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists; "DNA is the substance of our genes"
substance - a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties; "shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man"
sediment, deposit - matter that has been deposited by some natural process
ylem - (cosmology) the original matter that (according to the big bang theory) existed before the formation of the chemical elements
dark matter - (cosmology) a hypothetical form of matter that is believed to make up 90 percent of the universe; it is invisible (does not absorb or emit light) and does not collide with atomic particles but exerts gravitational force
antimatter - matter consisting of elementary particles that are the antiparticles of those making up normal substances
glop - any gummy shapeless matter; usually unpleasant
fluid - continuous amorphous matter that tends to flow and to conform to the outline of its container: a liquid or a gas
goo, goop, guck, gunk, muck, ooze, slime, sludge - any thick, viscous matter
system - (physical chemistry) a sample of matter in which substances in different phases are in equilibrium; "in a static system oil cannot be replaced by water on a surface"; "a system generating hydrogen peroxide"
residue - matter that remains after something has been removed
solid - matter that is solid at room temperature and pressure
solute - the dissolved matter in a solution; the component of a solution that changes its state
emanation - something that is emitted or radiated (as a gas or an odor or a light, etc.)
vegetable matter - matter produced by plants or growing in the manner of a plant
4.matter - a problem; "is anything the matter?"
trouble, problem - a source of difficulty; "one trouble after another delayed the job"; "what's the problem?"
5.matter - (used with negation) having consequence; "they were friends and it was no matter who won the games"
consequence, moment, import - having important effects or influence; "decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself"; "virtue is of more moment than security"; "that result is of no consequence"
6.matter - written works (especially in books or magazines)matter - written works (especially in books or magazines); "he always took some reading matter with him on the plane"
piece of writing, written material, writing - the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect); "the writing in her novels is excellent"; "that editorial was a fine piece of writing"
dictation - matter that has been dictated and transcribed; a dictated passage; "he signed and mailed his dictation without bothering to read it"
text, textual matter - the words of something written; "there were more than a thousand words of text"; "they handed out the printed text of the mayor's speech"; "he wants to reconstruct the original text"
text - the main body of a written work (as distinct from illustrations or footnotes etc.); "pictures made the text easier to understand"
typescript - typewritten matter especially a typewritten copy of a manuscript
front matter, prelims - written matter preceding the main text of a book
back matter, end matter - written matter following the main text of a book
soft copy - (computer science) matter that is in a form that a computer can store or display it on a computer screen; "he sent them soft copy of the report"
hard copy - (computer science) matter that is held in a computer and is typed or printed on paper; "he ran off a hard copy of the report"
addendum, supplement, postscript - textual matter that is added onto a publication; usually at the end
recitation - written matter that is recited from memory
Verb1.matter - have weightmatter - have weight; have import, carry weight; "It does not matter much"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
press, weigh - to be oppressive or burdensome; "weigh heavily on the mind", "Something pressed on his mind"
matter to, interest - be of importance or consequence; "This matters to me!"
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2. substance, material, body, stuff A proton is an elementary particle of matter.
3. content, sense, subject, argument, text, substance, burden, thesis, purport, gist, pith This conflict forms the matter of the play.
4. (Medical) pus, discharge, secretion, suppuration, purulence If the wound starts to produce yellow matter, see your doctor.
5. importance, interest, moment, note, weight, import, consequence, significance Forget it; it's of no matter.
6. problem, worry, trouble, difficulty, upset, bother, distress, complication, uphill (S. African) What's the matter?
1. be important, make a difference, count, be relevant, make any difference, mean anything, have influence, carry weight, cut any ice (informal), be of consequence, be of account It doesn't matter how long you take.
as a matter of fact actually, in fact, in reality, in truth, as it happens, believe it or not, to tell the truth, in actual fact, in point of fact As as matter of fact, you may be wrong.
no matter don't worry about it, never mind, it doesn't matter, don't apologise, it makes no difference or odds 'I forgot to bring it.' 'No matter.'
"What is matter? - Never mind."
"What is mind? - No matter" Punch
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1. That which occupies space and can be perceived by the senses:
2. That from which things are or can be made:
Idiom: grist for one's mill.
3. What a speech, piece of writing, or artistic work is about:
4. Something to be done, considered, or dealt with:
To be of significance or importance:
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صَديد، قَيْحقَضِيَّه، مَسْألَهمادّهمَسْأَلَةٌيُهِّمُ
hmotazáležitosthnismít významvěc
betyde nogetsagmaterieanliggende
ainehätämateriaolla väliäongelma
biti važnopitanje
efnigröfturmálefniskipta máli
blaivusbūti svarbiamdalykasginčijamas dalykasįprastas dalykas
būt svarīgamjautājumslietamatērijastrutas
sakspela rollstoff
có tầm quan trọngvấn đề


A. N
1. (= substance) → materia f, sustancia f
2. (Typ, Publishing) → material m
advertising mattermaterial m publicitario
printed matterimpresos mpl
3. (Med) (= pus) → pus m, materia f
4. (Literat) (= content) → contenido m
form and matterla forma y el contenido
5. (= question, affair) → asunto m, cuestión f
in this matteren este asunto
that's quite another matter, that's another matter altogetherésa es otra cuestión, eso es totalmente distinto
business mattersnegocios mpl
the matter is closedel asunto está concluido
as a matter of courseautomáticamente
it's a matter of course with uscon nosotros es cosa de cajón
that's a very different matterésa es otra cuestión, eso es totalmente distinto
it's an easy matter to phone himes cosa fácil llamarle
it will be no easy matterno será fácil
as a matter of fact as a matter of fact I know her very wellde hecho or en realidad la conozco muy bien
I don't like it, as a matter of fact I'm totally against itno me gusta, de hecho estoy totalmente en contra
"don't tell me you like it?" - "as a matter of fact I do"-no me digas que te gusta -pues sí, la verdad es que
as a matter of fact we were just talking about youprecisamente estábamos hablando de ti
for that matteren realidad
it's a matter of formes pura formalidad
the matter in handla cuestión del momento
money mattersasuntos mpl financieros
it is no great matteres poca cosa, no importa
in the matter ofen cuanto a, en lo que se refiere
there's the matter of my wagesqueda el asunto de mi sueldo
it will be a matter of a few weeksserá cuestión de unas semanas
a matter of minutescosa de minutos
it's a matter of a couple of hourses cosa de un par de horas
in a matter of ten minutesen cosa de diez minutos
it's a matter of great concern to uses motivo de gran preocupación para nosotros
it's a matter of tastees cuestión de gusto
it's a serious matteres cosa seria
as matters standtal como están las cosas
to make matters worsepara colmo de males
see also laughing A
see also mince B2
6. (= importance) no matter!; it makes no matter (frm) → ¡no importa!, ¡no le hace! (LAm)
no matter how you do itno importa cómo lo hagas
no matter how big it ispor grande que sea
no matter how hot it ispor mucho calor que haga
get one, no matter howprocura uno, del modo que sea
no matter what he saysdiga lo que diga
what matter? (frm) → ¿qué importa?
no matter whenno importa cuándo
no matter who goesquienquiera que vaya
7. (= difficulty, problem etc) what's the matter?¿qué pasa?, ¿qué hay?
what's the matter with you?¿qué te pasa?, ¿qué tienes?
what's the matter with Tony?¿qué le pasa a Tony?
something's the matter with the lightsalgo les pasa a las luces, algo pasa con las luces
what's the matter with my hat?¿qué pasa con mi sombrero?
what's the matter with singing?¿por qué no se puede cantar?, ¿es que está prohibido cantar?
nothing's the matterno pasa nada
as if nothing were the mattercomo si no hubiese pasado nada, como si tal cosa
B. VIimportar
does it matter to you if I go?¿te importa que yo vaya?
why should it matter to me?¿a mí qué me importa or qué más me da?
it doesn't matter (unimportant) → no importa; (no preference) → (me) da igual or lo mismo
what does it matter?¿qué más da?, ¿y qué?
some things matter more than othersalgunas cosas son más importantes que otras
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(= question) → question f
a matter of → une question de
It's a matter of habit → C'est une question d'habitude.
it's a matter of life and death → c'est une question de vie ou de mort
it is only a matter of time → ce n'est qu'une question de temps
It would be only a matter of time before he left → Ce ne serait qu'une question de temps avant qu'il ne parte.
to be a matter of opinion → être une question d'opinion
(= affair) → affaire f
that's another matter, that's a different matter → c'est une autre histoire, c'est une autre affaire
that's quite a different matter → c'est une toute autre histoire, c'est une toute autre affaire
it's no easy matter → ce n'est pas chose facile
it's no laughing matter → il n'y a pas de quoi rire
that's the end of the matter → point final
He's moving in, and that's the end of the matter → Il emménage, point final.
the fact of the matter is (that) ... → le fait est que ...
the truth of the matter is (that) ... (= the truth is) → la vérité c'est que ...
(= material) → matières fpl
waste matter → matières résiduelles
vegetable matter → matières végétales, matière végétale
The termites feed almost entirely on vegetable matter → Les termites se nourrissent presque exclusivement de matières végétales. organic matter, reading matter
(in adverbial phrases) as a matter of urgency advd'urgence
I need to talk to him as a matter of urgency → J'ai besoin de lui parler d'urgence.
as a matter of course advsystématiquement
They are carrying arms as a matter of course → Ils sont systématiquement armés.
Shouldn't I be told all this as a matter of course? → Ne devrais-je pas être systématiquement informé de tout ceci?
The best companies do this for staff as a matter of course → C'est une chose que les meilleures compagnies font systématiquement pour leur personnel.
as a matter of fact adven fait
for that matter advd'ailleurs
He'd not seen her, nor for that matter had anyone else → Il ne l'avait pas vue, et personne d'autre non plus d'ailleurs.
(= problem) what's the matter? → qu'est-ce qu'il y a?
what's the matter with him? → qu'est-ce qu'il a ?
what's the matter with your office? → qu'est-ce qui ne va pas à ton bureau?
she told him there was nothing the matter → elle lui a dit que tout allait bien
(in time phrases) in a matter of days (= within a few days) → en l'espace de quelques jours
In a matter of days she was back at work → En l'espace de quelques jours, elle était de retour au travail.
in a matter of hours → en l'espace de quelques heures
no matter what (= whatever happens) → quoi qu'il arrive
I'll do it no matter what → Je le ferai quoi qu'il arrive. (= whatever happened) → quoi qu'il advienne
He had decided to publish the manuscript no matter what → Il avait décidé de publier le manuscrit quoi qu'il advienne.
no matter what your age → quel que soit votre âge
no matter how small it is, no matter how small → aussi petit soit-il (or aussi petite soit-elle)
Any dog bite, no matter how small, needs immediate medical attention → Toute morsure de chien, aussi petite soit-elle, doit être examinée par un médecin.
no matter who you are → qui que vous soyez
no matter who you are or where you're from → qui que vous soyez et quel que soit l'endroit d'où vous venez
(PHYSICS)matière f
(= secretion) → sécrétion f fecal matter
matters npl (= situation) to improve matters → améliorer les choses
It is hard to see how this would improve matters → On ne voit guère comment cela pourrait améliorer les choses.
to make matters worse → aggraver les choses
Don't let yourself despair, that will just make matters worse → Ne vous laissez pas aller au désespoir, cela ne ferait qu'aggraver les choses.
(= be important) → importer, compter
It's the only thing that matters → C'est la seule chose qui compte., C'est la seule chose qui importe.
to matter to sb
It matters a lot to me → C'est très important pour moi.
it doesn't matter (= it's not important) → cela n'a pas d'importance
"Shall I phone today or tomorrow?" - "Whenever, it doesn't matter." → "Est-ce que j'appelle aujourd'hui ou demain?" - "Quand tu veux, cela n'a pas d'importance." (= I don't mind) → cela ne fait rien, ça ne fait rien
"I can't give you the money today." - "It doesn't matter." → "Je ne peux pas te donner l'argent aujourd'hui." - "Ça ne fait rien."
it doesn't matter anymore → cela n'a plus d'importance
Under the new rules, this doesn't matter any more → Avec le nouveau réglement, cela n'a plus d'importance.matter-of-fact [ˌmætərəvˈfækt] adj [person, statement] → neutre
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(= substance, not mind)die Materie; organic/inorganic matterorganische/anorganische Stoffe pl
(particular kind) → Stoff m; advertising matterReklame f, → Werbung f; printed matterBüchersendung f; colouring matterFarbstoff(e) m(pl); vegetable matterpflanzliche Stoffe pl
(Med, = pus) → Eiter m
(Typ) (= copy)Manuskript nt; (= type set up)Satz m
(= content)Inhalt m; the main matter of his speech was …(der) Hauptgegenstand seiner Rede war …
(= question, affair)Sache f, → Angelegenheit f; (= topic)Thema nt, → Stoff m; can I talk to you on a matter of great urgency?kann ich Sie in einer äußerst dringenden Angelegenheit sprechen?; this is a matter I know little aboutdarüber weiß ich wenig; in the matter of …was … (+acc)anbelangt, hinsichtlich … (+gen); in the matter of clothes etcin puncto Kleidung etc; there’s the matter of my expensesda ist (noch) die Sache or Frage mit meinen Ausgaben; it’s no great matterdas macht nichts, das ist nicht so wichtig; that’s quite another matterdas ist etwas (ganz) anderes; that’s another matter altogether, that’s a very different matterdas ist etwas völlig anderes; it will be no easy matter (to) …es wird nicht einfach sein, zu …; it’s a serious matterdas ist eine ernste Angelegenheit, die Sache ist ernst; the matter is closeddie Sache or der Fall ist erledigt
matters plAngelegenheiten pl; business mattersgeschäftliche Angelegenheiten or Dinge pl, → Geschäftliche(s) nt; as matters standwie die Dinge liegen; to make matters worsezu allem Unglück (noch)
for that mattereigentlich; I haven’t seen him for weeks, nor for that matter has anybody elseich habe ihn seit Wochen schon nicht mehr gesehen, und eigentlich hat ihn sonst auch niemand gesehen; he wants to complain about it and for that matter, so do Ier will sich darüber beschweren und ich eigentlich auch
a matter ofeine Frage (+gen), → eine Sache von; it’s a matter of form/timedas ist eine Formsache/Zeitfrage or Frage der Zeit; it’s a matter of taste/opiniondas ist Geschmacks-/Ansichtssache; it’s a matter of adjusting this part exactlyes geht darum, dieses Teil genau einzustellen; it will be a matter of a few weekses wird ein paar Wochen dauern; it’s a matter of 10 miles from …es sind 10 Meilen von …; it’s a matter of a couple of hoursdas ist eine Sache von ein paar Stunden; if it’s just a matter of another 10 minutes, then I’ll waitwenn es sich nur noch um 10 Minuten handelt, dann warte ich solange; in a matter of minutesinnerhalb von Minuten; it’s a matter of great concern to usdie Sache ist für uns von großer Bedeutung; it’s not just a matter of increasing the money supplyes ist nicht damit getan, die Geldzufuhr zu erhöhen; it’s just a matter of trying harderman muss sich ganz einfach etwas mehr anstrengen; as a matter of courseselbstverständlich; it’s a matter of course with usfür uns ist das eine Selbstverständlichkeit; you should always take your passport with you as a matter of coursees sollte für Sie eine Selbstverständlichkeit sein, stets Ihren Pass bei sich zu haben; earthquakes happen as a matter of course in that part of the worldErdbeben sind in der Gegend an der Tagesordnung
no matter!macht nichts; I’ve decided to leave tomorrow, no matter whatich gehe morgen, egal was passiert; no matter how/what/when/where etcegal, wie/was/wann/wo etc; no matter how you do itwie du es auch machst, egal, wie du es machst; no matter how hot it wasauch or selbst bei der größten Hitze; no matter how hard he triedso sehr er sich auch anstrengte
something is the matter with somebody/somethingetw ist mit jdm/etw los; (ill) → etw fehlt jdm; what’s the matter?was ist (denn) los?, was ist (denn)?; what’s the matter with you this morning? — nothing’s the matterwas hast du denn heute Morgen? — gar nichts; what’s the matter with having a little fun?was ist denn schon dabei, wenn man ein bisschen Spaß hat?; something’s the matter with the lightsmit dem Licht ist irgendetwas nicht in Ordnung; as if nothing was the matterals ob nichts (los) wäre
vi it doesn’t matter(es or das) macht nichts, ist schon gut; what does it matter?was macht das schon?; I forgot it, does it matter? — yes, it does matterich habs vergessen, ist das schlimm? — ja, das ist schlimm; does it matter to you if I go?macht es dir etwas aus, wenn ich gehe?; doesn’t it matter to you at all if I leave you?macht es dir denn gar nichts aus, wenn ich dich verlasse?; why should it matter to me?warum sollte mir das etwas ausmachen?; why should it matter to me if people are starving?was geht es mich an, wenn Menschen verhungern?; it doesn’t matter to me what you does ist mir (ganz) egal, was du machst; some things matter more than otherses ist aber nicht alles gleich wichtig; the things which matter in lifewas im Leben wichtig ist or zählt; poverty mattersArmut geht jeden etwas an
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1. n
a. (substance, gen) (Phys) → materia, sostanza
colouring matter → colorante m
foreign matter → sostanza estranea
advertising matter → pubblicità f inv
reading matter (Brit) → qualcosa da leggere
b. (content) → contenuto
c. (question, affair) → questione f, faccenda
money matters → questioni finanziarie
the matter in hand → l'argomento or la faccenda in questione
there's the matter of my wages → ci sarebbe la questione del mio stipendio
and to make matters worse ... → e come se non bastasse...
that will only make matters worse → questo servirà solo a peggiorare la situazione
it's a matter of great concern to us → è una cosa che ci preoccupa molto
it's no laughing matter → è una cosa or faccenda seria
it will be a matter of a few weeks → ci vorrà qualche settimana
it's a matter of a few pounds → si tratta di poche sterline
in the matter of → in fatto di, per quanto riguarda
for that matter → peraltro
as a matter of course → di conseguenza, come cosa naturale
as a matter of fact → per (dire) la verità, in verità
it's a matter of opinion → è una questione di punti di vista
that's another matter → quella è un'altra faccenda
it's a matter of habit → è una questione di abitudine
d. (importance) no matter!non importa!
do it, no matter how → non importa come, basta che tu lo faccia
no matter how you do it → comunque tu lo faccia
no matter what → qualsiasi cosa accada
no matter what he says → qualsiasi or qualunque cosa dica
no matter how big it is → per quanto grande sia
no matter when → in qualunque momento
no matter who → chiunque
e. (difficulty, problem) what's the matter?cosa c'è (che non va)?
what's the matter with you? → cos'hai?
what's the matter with my hair? → cos'hanno i miei capelli che non va?
there's something the matter with my arm → c'è qualcosa che non va al braccio
as if nothing was the matter → come se niente fosse
something's the matter with the lights → le luci hanno qualcosa che non va
nothing's the matter → non è successo niente
nothing's the matter with me → non ho niente
f. (Med) (pus) → pus m
2. viimportare
it doesn't matter (I don't mind) → non importa, non fa niente
what does it matter? → cosa importa?, che importanza ha?
what does it matter to you? → ma a te che te ne importa?
why should it matter to me? → e perché dovrebbe importarmi?
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(ˈmӕtə) noun
1. solids, liquids and/or gases in any form, from which everything physical is made. The entire universe is made up of different kinds of matter.
2. a subject or topic (of discussion etc). a private matter; money matters.
3. pus. The wound was infected and full of matter.
to be important. That car matters a great deal to him; It doesn't matter.
ˌmatter-of-ˈfact adjective
keeping to the actual facts; not fanciful, emotional or imaginative. a matter-of-fact account/statement/opinion/attitude.
be the matter (often with with)
to be the/a trouble, difficulty or thing that is wrong. Is anything the matter?; What's the matter with you?
a matter of course
something that one expects to happen, be done etc. You don't have to ask her – she'll do it as a matter of course.
a matter of opinion
something about which different people have different opinions or views. Whether she's clever or not is a matter of opinion.
no matter
it is not important. `He's not here.' `No matter, I'll see him later.'
no matter who/what/where etc
whoever, whatever, wherever etc. No matter what happens, I'll go.
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مَسْأَلَةٌ, يُهِّمُ být důležitý, záležitost betyde noget, sag ausmachen, Materie έχω σημασία, ύλη asunto, importar, materia aine, olla väliä importer, matière biti važno, pitanje importare, questione 物質, 重要である 문제, 중요하다 kwestie, van belang zijn bety noe, grunnstoff materia, mieć znaczenie assunto, importar, matéria дело, иметь значение sak, spela roll เป็นเรื่องสำคัญ, สิ่งที่ต้องทำ madde, önemli olmak có tầm quan trọng, vấn đề 事件, 有关系
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n. materia, sustancia; asunto;
as a ___ of facten realidad;
gray ______ gris;
Let's take care of this ___Vamos a hacernos cargo de este asunto;
What is the ___ ?¿Qué pasa?, ¿Qué ocurre?
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n (anat) sustancia; gray — sustancia gris; white — sustancia blanca
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References in classic literature ?
In telegraphic sentences, half swallowed at the ends, They hint a matter's inwardness--and there the matter ends.
Considering that the DAILY ANZEIGER issues the usual twenty-six numbers per month, the reading matter in a single number of the London TIMES would keep it in "copy" two months and a half.
For the beloved kingdom of God, was first rent, and broken, by ill counsel; upon which counsel, there are set for our instruction, the two marks whereby bad counsel is for ever best discerned; that it was young counsel, for the person; and violent counsel, for the matter.
And are we assured, after looking at the matter from many points of view, that absolute being is or may be absolutely known, but that the utterly non-existent is utterly unknown?
On the one hand, many psychologists, especially those of the behaviourist school, tend to adopt what is essentially a materialistic position, as a matter of method if not of metaphysics.
"Dear Madam [I wrote], It has come to my knowledge that when you walk in the Gardens with the boy David you listen avidly for encomiums of him and of your fanciful dressing of him by passers-by, storing them in your heart the while you make vain pretence to regard them not: wherefore lest you be swollen by these very small things I, who now know David both by day and by night, am minded to compare him and Porthos the one with the other, both in this matter and in other matters of graver account.
"It was through my action in a matter which I understand has been subjected to a great deal of criticism," Thomson replied.
A course to follow in this matter has presented itself to my mind since I received your letter, but my ignorance of details of business and intricacies of law leaves me still uncertain whether my idea is capable of ready and certain execution.
Others carry the matter still further, and inquire how many of his ancestors have been citizens, as his grandfather, great-grandfather, etc., but some persons have questioned how the first of the family could prove themselves citizens, according to this popular and careless definition.
If I made the matter public, I have no evidence but moral evidence to bring forward.
For," says he, really with embarrassment, "the matter hinges on a love affair."
Elizabetha Prokofievna sometimes informed the girls that they were a little too candid in this matter, but in spite of their outward deference to their mother these three young women, in solemn conclave, had long agreed to modify the unquestioning obedience which they had been in the habit of according to her; and Mrs.