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  1. mat·ter
  2. noun


    • 1. be of importance; have significance:

      it doesn't matter what the guests wear what did it matter to them? to him, animals mattered more than human beings
      Synonym : importance, consequence, significance, note, import, moment, weight, interest, make any difference, make a difference, be important, be of importance, be of consequence, signify, be of significance, be relevant, be of account, carry weight, count, cut any ice
    • 2. (of a person) be important or influential:

      she was trying to get known by the people who matter
      Synonym : be influential, have influence, be important
    • 3. (of a wound) secrete or discharge pus.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: matter, plural noun: matters

    • v.: verb: matter, 3rd person present: matters, gerund or present participle: mattering, past tense: mattered, past participle: mattered

    • noun

      physical substance in general, as distinct from mind and spirit; (in physics) that which occupies space and possesses rest mass, especially as distinct from energy:

      a particular substance:

    • verb

      be important or significant:

      (of a person) be important or influential:

    • regardless of

      it is of no importance

    • noun

      the darker tissue of the brain and spinal cord, consisting mainly of nerve cell bodies and branching dendrites.


    • noun

      matter composed of protons and neutrons; ordinary matter, as distinct from exotic forms.
    • why should that worry us?
    • noun

      the topic dealt with or the subject represented in a debate, exposition, or work of art.
    • noun

      the part of a foodstuff or other substance which would remain if all its water content was removed.
    • noun

      the pages, such as the title page and preface, that precede the main text of a book.
    • noun

      (in some cosmological theories) nonluminous material that is postulated to exist in space and that could take any of several forms including weakly interacting particles (cold dark matter) or high-energy randomly moving particles created soon after the Big Bang (hot dark matter).
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