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Meaning of “substantial” in the English Dictionary

"substantial" in British English

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substantialadjective

uk   us   /səbˈstæn.ʃəl/
  • substantial adjective (LARGE)

B2 large in ​size, ​value, or ​importance: The ​findings show a substantial ​difference between the ​opinions of men and women. She ​inherited a substantial ​fortune from her ​grandmother. The first ​draft of his ​novelneeded a substantial ​amount of ​rewriting.

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  • substantial adjective (GENERAL)

[before noun] formal relating to the ​main or most ​important things being ​considered: The ​committee was in substantial ​agreement (= ​agreed about most of the things ​discussed).
(Definition of substantial from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"substantial" in American English

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substantialadjective

 us   /səbˈstæn·ʃəl/
large in ​size, ​value, or ​importance: He took a substantial ​amount of ​money. They do a substantial ​portion of ​theirbusiness by ​phone.
(Definition of substantial from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"substantial" in Business English

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substantialadjective

uk   us   /səbˈstænʃəl/
large in ​size, ​value, or ​importance: substantial ​benefits/​costs/​investmenta substantial amount/number/portion of sth Banks make a substantial ​amount of ​moneyinvesting your ​money.substantial changes/differences/improvements We've made substantial ​changes in how we go about doing our ​business.a substantial increase/reduction/rise in sth The ​companyposted a substantial ​increase in ​profits during the ​year to £3.5m.
[before noun] formal relating to the ​main or most important things being considered: Unions and ​bossesreached substantial ​agreement.
(Definition of substantial from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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