Definition of


  1. (noun, tops) that which has mass and occupies space
  2. (noun, attribute) (used with negation) having consequence
  3. (noun, cognition) a vaguely specified concern
    it is none of your affair
    things are going well
  4. (noun, cognition) a problem
  5. (noun, cognition) some situation or event that is thought about
    he had been thinking about the subject for several years
    it is a matter for the police
  6. (noun, communication) written works (especially in books or magazines)
  7. (verb, stative) have weight; have import, carry weight

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Synonyms of Matter

affair, count, issue, subject, thing, topic, weigh

Origin of the word Matter

  1. c.1300, "material of thought, speech, or expression," from Anglo-Norm. matere, from L. materia "substance from which something is made," also "hard inner wood of a tree" (cf. Port. madeira "wood"), perhaps from mater "origin, source, mother." Or, on another theory, it represents *dmateria, from PIE root *dem-/*dom- (cf. L. domusmore

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