Meaning of "matter" in Essential American English Dictionary


noun us /ˈmæt̬·ər/

a subject or situation that you need to think about or do something about:

Could I talk to you about a personal matter?
This is a matter of some importance.

[ no plural ] In science, matter is the physical substances that exist in the universe.

what’s the matter?

A2 used to ask about the reason for a problem:

What’s the matter with your leg?
no matter how, what, when, etc.

used to say that something cannot be changed:

I never manage to lose any weight, no matter how hard I try.
as a matter of fact

used to say that something is true, especially when it is surprising:

As a matter of fact, I used to live near him.
to make matters worse

used to say that something makes a situation more difficult, unpleasant, etc.:

To make matters worse, our car broke down!

(Definition of “matter noun” from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)