(noun, verb)


1. a vaguely specified concern

- several matters to attend to

Similar word(s): affair, thing

Definition categories: thought, concern

2. some situation or event that is thought about

- it is a matter for the police

Similar word(s): issue, subject, topic

Definition categories: thought, content

3. that which has mass and occupies space

- physicists study both the nature of matter and the forces which govern it

Definition categories: general

4. a problem

- is anything the matter?

Definition categories: thought, problem, trouble

5. (used with negation) having consequence

- they were friends and it was no matter who won the games

Definition categories: attribute, consequence, import, moment

6. written works (especially in books or magazines)

- he always took some reading matter with him on the plane

Definition categories: communication, writing

Sentences with matter as a noun:

- vegetable matter

- printed matter;

- What's the matter?;

- I stayed for a matter of months.


1. have weight; have import, carry weight

- It does not matter much

Similar word(s): count, weigh

Definition categories: stative, be

Sentences with matter as a verb:

- The only thing that matters to Jim is being rich.

- Sorry for pouring ketchup on your clean white shirt! - Oh, don't worry, it does not matter.