(noun, adjective, verb)


1. concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests

- material possessions

- material wealth

- material comforts

Similar word(s): secular, temporal, worldly

2. derived from or composed of matter

- the material universe

Similar word(s): material, real, substantial, physical

3. directly relevant to a matter especially a law case

- his support made a material difference

- evidence material to the issue at hand

- facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts

Similar word(s): crucial

4. concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being

- material needs

- the moral and material welfare of all good citizens

Similar word(s): physical

5. having material or physical form or substance

Similar word(s): bodied, bodily, bodied, corporal, corporate, embodied, incarnate, reincarnate, corporeal

6. having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary

Similar word(s): material, real, substantial

Sentences with material as an adjective:

- This compound has a number of interesting material properties.

- Don't let material concerns get in the way of living a happy life.

- You've made several material contributions to this project.

- This is the most material fact in this lawsuit.


1. the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object

- coal is a hard black material

Similar word(s): stuff

Definition categories: substance

2. information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form

- the archives provided rich material for a definitive biography

Definition categories: communication, info, information

3. artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

- she measured off enough material for a dress

Similar word(s): cloth, fabric, textile

Definition categories: man–made, artefact, artifact

4. things needed for doing or making something

- writing materials

- useful teaching materials

Definition categories: man–made, equipment

5. a person judged suitable for admission or employment

- he was university material

- she was vice-presidential material

Definition categories: person, applicant, applier

Sentences with material as a noun:

- Asphalt, composed of oil and sand, is a widely used material for roads.

- We were a warm-up act at the time; we didn't have enough original material to headline.

- You'll need about a yard of material to make this.

- John Doe is a great governor, and I also believe he is presidential material.


1. (obsolete, transitive) To form from matter; to materialize.