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English definition of “material”

material

noun     /məˈtɪəriəl/
[C or U] a physical substance that things can be made from: The cost of labour and materials has risen up to 40% in a short period.building/construction materials The buildings also use recycled building materials and consume less water.traditional/natural/recycled materials There is increasing demand for products made from recycled materials. hazardous/toxic/radioactive material
[U or plural] printed documents, books, computer programs, etc. that give information, especially ones intended for a particular purpose: publicity/marketing/promotional material According to their publicity material, the new rates are the lowest in the UK.teaching/training materials The video and other training materials were created in-house.printed/published material Some people prefer to receive information face-to-face, rather than through published material.
[U] information used when writing something: She gave me a lot of useful material for my presentation. The journalist had been collecting material for an article on the President.
→ See also bill of materials, collateral material, direct materials, raw material
(Definition of material noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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