Definition of “substance” - English Dictionary

“substance” in British English

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substancenoun

uk /ˈsʌb.stəns/ us /ˈsʌb.stəns/

substance noun (MATERIAL)

B2 [ C or U ] material with particular physical characteristics:

an organic/chemical substance
What sort of substance could withstand those temperatures?
illegal substance formal

an illegal drug

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(Definition of “substance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“substance” in American English

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substancenoun

us /ˈsʌb·stəns/

substance noun (MATERIAL)

[ C ] a material with particular physical characteristics:

The pesticide contains a substance that is toxic to insects.

substance noun (IMPORTANCE)

[ U ] importance, seriousness, or relationship to real facts:

Surprisingly, these filmmakers opted for substance over style.

(Definition of “substance” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)