mat|ter1 [ `mætər ] noun ***
▸ 1 something being dealt with
▸ 2 problem/bad situation
▸ 3 situation that someone is in
▸ 4 substance
▸ 5 when time is short
1. ) count something that you are discussing, considering, or dealing with:
Teachers feel this is a matter for discussion with parents.
an extremely important matter
subject matter (=what a book, play, movie, etc. is about): You may find the subject matter unsuitable for younger children.
no laughing matter (=serious): Cancer is no laughing matter.
2. ) the matter used for talking about problems or bad situations:
what's the matter: You look sad. What's the matter?
What's the matter with the radio? It won't turn on.
there is something the matter with something/someone: I think there's something the matter with the printer.
there's nothing the matter (=there is no problem): There's nothing the matter with you you're just tired.
3. ) matters plural a situation that someone is involved in: THINGS:
Her angry attitude didn't improve matters.
to make matters worse: The package arrived late and, to make matters worse, it wasn't what we had ordered.
4. ) uncount a particular type of substance:
You can improve the soil by adding composted organic matter.
a ) SCIENCE the physical substance that everything in the world is made of
b ) MEDICAL the yellow substance that a part of your body produces when it is infected
5. ) singular matter of used for emphasizing how short a period of time is:
The school could close in a matter of a few weeks.
as a matter of fact
1. ) used when you are going to give more details about something:
I haven't been here long. As a matter of fact, I just arrived yesterday.
2. ) used when you are going to disagree with or correct what has just been said:
Was he in a bad mood? No, as a matter of fact, he seemed fairly cheerful.
as a matter of interest MAINLY BRITISH
used when you are asking something that is not important or not directly relevant to what you are discussing:
Just as a matter of interest, when will we be paid?
as a matter of routine/course
done as a habit or as the usual way of doing things:
You should check all your work as a matter of course.
as a matter of urgency/priority FORMAL
used for saying that something must be dealt with immediately, before dealing with anything else:
The new law should be introduced as a matter of urgency.
the fact/truth of the matter
used for emphasizing that what you are saying is true, although others may not realize or accept it:
The fact of the matter is that there isn't a clear policy.
for that matter MAINLY SPOKEN
used for emphasizing that something else is also true:
He doesn't like young women, or any women for that matter.
the heart/crux of the matter
the most important aspect of a situation:
As usual, money was at the heart of the matter.
the little/small matter of something HUMOROUS
used for referring to something important that someone has forgotten or not done yet:
There's still the little matter of my bonus to discuss.
a matter of life and death
a serious or dangerous situation that you must deal with immediately in order to prevent something bad from happening:
The peace process is a matter of life or death in some regions.
a matter of opinion/taste
something that different people have different opinions about:
Art is very much a matter of taste.
a matter of principle
something that involves an important principle:
She refers to herself as Ms. as a matter of principle.
a matter of time
used for saying that something will certainly happen:
It was only a matter of time before she left the company.
no matter how/where/what etc.
used for saying that something is not important or will not have an effect:
No matter where I am, I'm always thinking of you.
No matter how much you protect your children, they will still make mistakes.
=> MIND1
mat|ter 2 [ `mætər ] verb intransitive ***
to be important:
People need to realize that education matters.
something matters to someone: Winning this award matters a lot to me.
a. it matters used especially in questions and negative statements when you are talking about whether something is important:
Does it matter if I don't take a present?
matter that: Why should it matter that he's a little overweight?
matter if: It doesn't really matter if we're a bit late.
b. it matters used especially in questions and negative statements about whether something makes a difference:
I've forgotten my swimming stuff. It doesn't matter you can borrow these.
matter that: I don't think it matters that he hasn't got a degree.
matter which/whether/how etc.: It doesn't matter how you look at it, the problem remains the same.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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