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Definition of matter verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

matter

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈmætə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmætər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they matter
BrE BrE//ˈmætə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmætər//
 
he / she / it matters
BrE BrE//ˈmætəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmætərz//
 
past simple mattered
BrE BrE//ˈmætəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmætərd//
 
past participle mattered
BrE BrE//ˈmætəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmætərd//
 
past simple mattering
BrE BrE//ˈmætərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmætərɪŋ//
 
past participle mattering
BrE BrE//ˈmætərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmætərɪŋ//
 
 
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 [intransitive, transitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) to be important or have an important effect on somebody/something matter (to somebody) The children matter more to her than anything else in the world. ‘What did you say?’ ‘Oh, it doesn't matter’ (= it is not important enough to repeat). ‘I'm afraid I forgot that book again.’ ‘It doesn't matter (= it is not important enough to worry about).’ What does it matter if I spent $100 on it—it's my money! As long as you're happy, that's all that matters. After his death, nothing seemed to matter any more. He's been in prison, you know—not that it matters (= that information does not affect my opinion of him). matter (to somebody) who, what, etc… Does it really matter who did it? It doesn't matter to me what you do. matter (to somebody) that… It didn't matter that the weather was bad. Word Origin Middle English: via Old French from Latin materia ‘timber, substance’, also ‘subject of discourse’, from mater ‘mother’.Extra examples It didn’t matter to her that he was blind. It doesn’t matter about the mess. It doesn’t matter one whit what their ethnic background is. She could find a job. It hardly mattered what. Somehow it didn’t seem to matter much any more. These things matter a lot to young children.
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