material meaning

[ mə'tiəriəl ] Pronunciation:   "material" in a sentence
Noun: material  mu'ti(u)reeul
  1. The tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
    "coal is a hard black material"
    - stuff 
  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"
    - fabric, cloth, textile 
  4. Things needed for doing or making something
    "writing materials"; "useful teaching materials" 
  5. A person judged suitable for admission or employment
    "he was university material"; "she was vice-presidential material"
Adjective: material  mu'ti(u)reeul
  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"; "a material witness" 
  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" 
  5. Having material or physical form or substance
    - corporeal 
  6. Having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary
    - substantial, real

Derived forms: materials

See also: bodied, bodily, corporal, corporality, corporate [archaic], corporeality, crucial, embodied, incarnate, materiality, materially, physical, physicalness, reincarnate, secular, solidness, substantiality, substantialness, temporal, worldly

Type of: applicant, applier, artefact [Brit], artifact [N. Amer], equipment, info, information, substance

Antonym: immaterial

Encyclopedia: Material

AmE / noun, adjective

noun [C,U]



a substance that things can be made from :

building materials

(= bricks, sand, glass, etc.)

recycled materials

They produce insulating materials for the electrical industry.


things that are needed in order to do a particular activity:

cleaning/packaging materials


written information, ideas, etc. used for a particular purpose:

The company produces its own training material.

marketing/promotional materials



connected with physical objects, money, etc:

He must adapt to changes in his material circumstances.




The deal will have a material impact on our results.

There are unlikely to be any material changes in our strategy.

materially // adverb:

Their comments have not materially affected our plans.

The court ruled that the firm had issued materially false statements.


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  1. the book has been supplemented with new material.
  2. this tumor has gelatinous material within it.
  3. lasers can also be used to purify materials.
  4. all necessary materials should be on hand.
  5. the material must be free of fiber clumps.

Related Words

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  6. material adverse change meaning
  7. material adverse change or effect meaning
  8. material alteration meaning
  9. material body meaning
  10. material breach meaning
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