matter Definition

  • 1a physical substance that occupies space and has mass, especially as distinct from energy.
  • 2a subject or situation under consideration.
  • 3the reason for distress or a problem.

Using matter: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "matter" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The matter in the beaker turned red after adding the indicator.

  • Example

    We need to discuss the matter of your performance at work.

  • Example

    Money is a matter of concern for many people.

  • Example

    The matter with the car is the engine.

matter Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for matter

Idioms Using matter

  • be unimportant or irrelevant


    It makes no matter to me whether we go out or stay in tonight.

  • be relevant or connected to the issue being discussed


    I don't think his personal life has anything to do with the matter at hand.

  • an extremely serious situation


    Getting medical attention quickly can be a matter of life and death.

Phrases with matter

  • regardless of; it makes no difference


    No matter what happens, I will always love you.

  • used to emphasize the truth of a statement


    As a matter of fact, I have never been to Europe.

  • something that is normal or expected


    It's a matter of course that we will have to work overtime during the busy season.

Origins of matter

from Latin 'materia', meaning 'timber, substance'


Summary: matter in Brief

The term 'matter' [ˈmætər] refers to physical substances with mass, subjects or situations under consideration, and reasons for distress or problems. It is used in phrases like 'no matter,' meaning regardless of, and idioms like 'a matter of life and death,' indicating an extremely serious situation.

How do native speakers use this expression?