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material

noun  /məˈtɪr·i·əl/ us  

material noun (PHYSICAL THING)

[C] a type of physical thing, such as wood, stone, or plastic, having qualities that allow it to be used to make other things: a hard/soft material The sculpture was made of various materials, including steel, copper wire, and rubber.

material noun (CLOTH)

[C/U] cloth that can be used to make clothes, curtains, etc.: [U] What kind of material are you going to use for the curtains?

material noun (SUPPLIES)

material noun (INFORMATION)

[C/U] information used when writing something such as a book, or information produced to help people or to advertise products: [U] He is working in the library gathering material for the article he is writing.
(Definition of material from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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