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English definition of “substance”

substance

noun
 
 
/ˈsʌbstəns/
MATERIAL [C] B2 a solid, liquid, or gas: a dangerous substance illegal substances (= illegal drugs) The state of matter
TRUTH [U] truth or importance: There's no substance to the allegations.ImportanceUseful or advantageous
the substance of sth the most important part of what someone has said or writtenMeaning and significanceTypifying, illustrating and exemplifying
(Definition of substance from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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