matter noun (SITUATION)
matters [ plural ]
to make matters worse
be a matter of confidence, luck, waiting, etc.
be no laughing matter
- It's all right working with him, but living with him would be a different matter altogether.
- The government decided to hold a public enquiry into the matter.
- The whole matter is further complicated by the fact that Amanda and Jo refuse to speak to each other.
- This is a matter of great concern to the general public.
- You're not going to help matters by lying there sobbing!
matter noun (PROBLEM)
the matter A2 [ S ]
- What's the matter with Lulu?
- I don't know what's the matter with this phone.
- You look upset - is anything the matter?
- Why do you need another computer? What's the matter with the one you've got?
- Julie was crying, but she wouldn't say what the matter was.
matter noun (SUBSTANCE)
matter noun (TYPE)
matter noun (SMALL AMOUNT)
matterverb [ I ]uk /ˈmæt.ər/ us /ˈmæt̬.ɚ/
We were late but it didn't seem to matter. 我们迟到了，不过看来不要紧。
"What did you say?" "Oh, it doesn't matter." “你说什么？”“哦，没什么要紧的。”
[ + that ] It didn't matter that our best player was injured after ten minutes - we still won. 我们最好的球员比赛开始10分钟就受伤了——但这无碍大局，我们还是赢了。
- Oh just put it anywhere - it doesn't matter where.
- Her health is what matters - the cost of the treatment is of secondary importance.
- It's the sum total of what you eat over a long period that matters and not what you consume in a day.
- The only thing that matters is that the baby is healthy.
- It doesn't matter if you fail, just do your best.