substance Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"substance" in British English

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substancenoun

uk   us   /ˈsʌb.stəns/

substance noun (MATERIAL)

B2 [C or U] material with ​particularphysicalcharacteristics: an ​organic/​chemical substance What ​sort of substance could ​withstand those ​temperatures?illegal substance formal an ​illegaldrug
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substance noun (IMPORTANCE)

C2 [U] the most ​importantpart of what someone has said or written: Later that ​year, the substance of ​theirsecretconversationappeared in a ​newspaperarticle. [U] importance, ​seriousness, or ​relationship to ​realfacts: There is no substance in/to the ​allegation. This new ​information gives substance to the ​stories we have ​heard.
(Definition of substance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"substance" in American English

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substancenoun

 us   /ˈsʌb·stəns/

substance noun (MATERIAL)

[C] a ​material with ​particularphysical characteristics: The ​pesticidecontains a substance that is ​toxic to ​insects.

substance noun (IMPORTANCE)

[U] importance, ​seriousness, or ​relationship to ​realfacts: Surprisingly, these ​filmmakersopted for substance over ​style.
(Definition of substance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “substance”
in Korean 물질…
in Arabic مادّة…
in Malaysian bahan, unsur…
in French substance…
in Russian вещество, правда, значение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 材料, 物質…
in Italian sostanza…
in Turkish madde, cisim, gerçek ve önemlilik…
in Polish substancja, prawda, znaczenie…
in Spanish sustancia…
in Vietnamese loại vật chất nào đó, chất…
in Portuguese substância…
in Thai สาร, สสาร…
in German die Substanz…
in Catalan substància…
in Japanese 物質…
in Chinese (Simplified) 材料, 物质…
in Indonesian bahan, unsur…
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