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material

noun
 
 
/məˈtɪəriəl/
SUBSTANCE [C, U] B2 a solid substance from which things can be made: building materials Crude oil is used as the raw material for making plastics.The state of matter
CLOTH [C, U] B1 cloth for making clothes, curtains, etc: Her dress was made of a soft, silky material.General words for textiles
INFORMATION [U] the facts or ideas in a piece of writing: I'm collecting material for an article that I'm writing.Information and messages
(Definition of material noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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