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matter

noun (SITUATION)    /ˈmæt.ər/ US  /ˈmæt̬.ɚ/
B2 [C] a situation or subject that is being dealt with or considered: Could I talk to you about a personal matter? Alois denied any knowledge of the matter. Will you phone me back - it's a matter of some importance. Talking about the world's problems is one thing, but solving them is another matter altogether (= is completely different).Topics and areas of interest matters [plural] the situation being dealt with or being discussed: Her resignation is not going to help matters.Topics and areas of interest to make matters worse B2 used to say that something has made a bad or difficult situation worse: Three of our players were ill, and to make matters worse, our main scorer had broken his ankle.Deteriorating and making worse be a matter of confidence, luck, waiting, etc. C2 If something is a matter of confidence, luck, waiting, etc. that is all you need for it to happen: Baking a cake isn't difficult - it's just a matter of following the recipe.Easiness and simplicity be no laughing matter C2 to be very serious and not a situation that people should joke about: Being arrested by the police is no laughing matter.Serious and severeSevere Grammar:MatterWe can use matter as a verb or a noun. It is a very common word with a number of different uses and grammatical patterns.See moreGrammar:Matter as a verbSee moreGrammar:Matter as a nounSee moreGrammar:No matterWe can use no matter to link two clauses as a conjunction. It is a short form of it does not matter. We can use no matter with what, when, where, which, who and how to refer to a situation that cannot be changed, even though we try:See moreGrammar:Matter: typical errorsSee more
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