1. concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests
- material possessions
- material wealth
- material comforts
2. derived from or composed of matter
- the material universe
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
6. having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary
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
3. artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
- she measured off enough material for a dress
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
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.