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English noun: matter

1. matter (cognition) a vaguely specified concern


SamplesSeveral matters to attend to.
It is none of your affair.
Things are going well.


Synonymsaffair, thing


Broader (hypernym)concern


Narrower (hyponym)least

2. matter (cognition) some situation or event that is thought about


SamplesHe kept drifting off the topic.
He had been thinking about the subject for several years.
It is a matter for the police.


Synonymsissue, subject, topic


Broader (hypernym)cognitive content, content, mental object


Narrower (hyponym)area, blind spot, remit, res adjudicata, res judicata

3. matter that which has mass and occupies space


SamplesPhysicists study both the nature of matter and the forces which govern it.


Broader (hypernym)physical entity


Narrower (hyponym)antimatter, dark matter, deposit, emanation, fluid, glop, goo, gook, goop, guck, gunk, muck, ooze, residue, sediment, slime, sludge, solid, solute, substance, substance, system, vegetable matter, ylem

4. matter (cognition) a problem


SamplesIs anything the matter?.


Broader (hypernym)problem, trouble

5. matter (attribute) (used with negation) having consequence


SamplesThey were friends and it was no matter who won the games.


Broader (hypernym)consequence, import, moment

6. matter (communication) written works (especially in books or magazines)


SamplesHe always took some reading matter with him on the plane.


Broader (hypernym)piece of writing, writing, written material


Narrower (hyponym)addendum, back matter, dictation, end matter, front matter, hard copy, postscript, prelims, recitation, soft copy, supplement, text, text, textual matter, typescript


English verb: matter

1. matter (stative) have weight; have import, carry weight


SamplesIt does not matter much.


Synonymscount, weigh


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
It ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)press, weigh









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