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matter

verb [I]     /ˈmæt.ər/ US  /ˈmæt̬.ɚ/
B2 to be important , or to affect what happens : We were late but it didn't seem to matter. "What did you say?" "Oh, it doesn't matter." [+ question word] It doesn't matter what you wear - just as long as you come. [+ that] It didn't matter that our best player was injured after ten minutes - we still won . I know Charles doesn't think this project is important , but it matters to me.Being important and having importance Grammar:MatterWe can use matter as a verb or a noun. It is a very common word with a number of different uses and grammatical patterns.Grammar:Matter as a verbGrammar:Matter as a nounGrammar:No matterWe can use no matter to link two clauses as a conjunction. It is a short form of it does not matter. We can use no matter with what, when, where, which, who and how to refer to a situation that cannot be changed, even though we try:Grammar:Matter: typical errors
(Definition of matter verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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