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substance

noun  /ˈsʌb·stəns/ us  

substance noun (MATERIAL)

[C] a material with particular physical characteristics: The pesticide contains a substance that is toxic to insects.

substance noun (IMPORTANCE)

[U] importance, seriousness, or relationship to real facts: Surprisingly, these filmmakers opted for substance over style.
Translations of “substance”
in Korean 물질…
in Arabic مادّة…
in French substance…
in Turkish madde, cisim, gerçek ve önemlilik…
in Italian sostanza…
in Chinese (Traditional) 材料, 物質…
in Russian вещество, правда, значение…
in Polish substancja, prawda, znaczenie…
in Spanish sustancia…
in Portuguese substância…
in German die Substanz…
in Catalan substància…
in Japanese 物質…
in Chinese (Simplified) 材料, 物质…
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