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Synonyms for material
məˈtɪər i əl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. material, stuff(noun)

    the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object

    "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"

    hooey, clobber, poppycock, cloth, fabric, stuff, stuff and nonsense, textile

    nonmaterial, mental, unworldly, nonphysical, immaterial, intangible

  2. material(noun)

    information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form

    "the archives provided rich material for a definitive biography"

    fabric, textile, stuff, cloth

    mental, nonphysical, unworldly, immaterial, intangible, nonmaterial

  3. fabric, cloth, material, textile(noun)

    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

    "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"

    framework, fabric, textile, stuff, cloth

    intangible, immaterial, unworldly, mental, nonphysical, nonmaterial

  4. material(noun)

    things needed for doing or making something

    "writing materials"; "useful teaching materials"

    fabric, textile, stuff, cloth

    mental, immaterial, unworldly, intangible, nonmaterial, nonphysical

  5. material(adj)

    a person judged suitable for admission or employment

    "he was university material"; "she was vice-presidential material"

    fabric, textile, stuff, cloth

    mental, nonphysical, unworldly, nonmaterial, intangible, immaterial

  6. material(adj)

    concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests

    "material possessions"; "material wealth"; "material comforts"

    corporeal, substantial, real

    immaterial, mental, nonphysical, unworldly, intangible, nonmaterial

  7. material(adj)

    derived from or composed of matter

    "the material universe"

    corporeal, substantial, real

    immaterial, mental, nonmaterial, nonphysical, intangible, unworldly

  8. material(adj)

    directly relevant to a matter especially a law case

    "his support made a material difference"; "evidence material to the issue at hand"; "facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts"; "a material witness"

    corporeal, substantial, real

    intangible, immaterial, nonphysical, mental, unworldly, nonmaterial

  9. material(adj)

    concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being

    "material needs"; "the moral and material welfare of all good citizens"- T.Roosevelt

    corporeal, substantial, real

    nonmaterial, unworldly, immaterial, nonphysical, mental, intangible

  10. corporeal, material(adj)

    having material or physical form or substance

    "that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett

    somatic, bodily, substantial, real, corporal, corporeal

    nonphysical, immaterial, unworldly, intangible, nonmaterial, mental

  11. substantial, real, material(adj)

    having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary

    "the substantial world"; "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"; "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare

    actual, corporeal, veridical, real(a), substantial, significant, hearty, satisfying, real, substantive, solid, literal, square, genuine, strong, tangible, existent

    nonphysical, mental, unworldly, nonmaterial, immaterial, intangible


  1. material(noun)



  2. material(adjective)

    You'll need about a yard of material to make this.


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. material

    Whatever is composed of or pertains to matter may be termed material; physical (Greek physis, nature) applies to material things considered as parts of a system or organic whole; hence, we speak of material substances, physical forces, physical laws. Bodily, corporal, and corporeal apply primarily to the human body; bodily and corporal both denote pertaining or relating to the body; corporeal signifies of the nature of or like the body; corporal is now almost wholly restricted to signify applied to or inflicted upon the body; we speak of bodily sufferings, bodily presence, corporal punishment, the corporeal frame.

    bodily, corporal, corporeal, natural, physical, sensible, tangible, visible

    hyperphysical, immaterial, intangible, intellectual, invisible, mental, moral, spiritual, unreal, unsubstantial

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. material(n)

    substance, stuff

    work, production, design

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. material(a.)

    physical, corporeal, bodily, not spiritual

  2. material(a.)

    essential, important, momentous, vital

  3. material(n.)

    matter, substance, stuff

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. material(a)

    corporeal, bodily, physical, important, essential, momentous

  2. material(n)

    substance, matter, fabric, stuff, cloth, staple, plasma

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How to use material in a sentence?

  1. Darrell Issa:

    The attempt to paint her predecessors in the State Department as equal offenders in mishandling classified material is an insult to what we now know to be the truth, official investigations have confirmed that Secretary Clinton’s unsecure server stored more than 1,000 emails containing classified information, including some classified at the very highest levels. Her guarantee to the nation that the number was zero now seems more like desperation than news cycle spin.

  2. Christian Kemp-Griffin:

    Curran is a material that is derived from nanocellulose particles - root vegetables, now when you get down to that very, very small size you actually get incredible strength properties. So when we put the resulting product that we have into other products, as an additive that goes into other products, it actually adds strength to those products, as well as adding viscosity, and there is no other product that will do both things at the same time.

  3. National Intelligence James Clapper:

    Nominees for president and vice president receive these classified briefings by virtue of their status as candidates, and do not require separate security clearances before the briefings, candidates are advised of the classified nature of the material, and operation and policy matters are not addressed.

  4. Sean Rich:

    That's one of the reasons I choose not to deal with Nazi material. You have to draw the line somewhere.

  5. Keith Freegard:

    All those tonnes of carbon-rich waste material that were going into the landfill are now being released into the sky. Why are we allowing this free access to 'skyfill'? we should separate and store plastic in a well-controlled landfill as a future mine.

Translations for material

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  • مادةArabic
  • матэрыялBelarusian
  • материалBulgarian
  • materialCatalan, Valencian
  • materiálový, materiální, hmotný, materiálCzech
  • materiale, materiel, stofDanish
  • Material, materiell, Stoff, RohstoffGerman
  • υλικός, ύφασμα, καίριος, ουσιώδης, υλικόGreek
  • ŝtofo, materialoEsperanto
  • significativo, materialSpanish
  • مطلب, مادیPersian
  • merkittävä, materiaali, aineisto, raaka-aine, olennainenFinnish
  • matériau, matière, tissu, matériel, étoffeFrench
  • mianachIrish
  • adhbharScottish Gaelic
  • significativa, significativo, materialGalician
  • חומרHebrew
  • anyag, materiális, anyagiHungarian
  • materialeItalian
  • 題材, 人材, 資料, 生地, 物質, 素材, 布, 材料Japanese
  • 材料, 물질, 재료, 物質Korean
  • corporeus, verba scriptoris, materiaLatin
  • wereldlijk, grondstof, materiële, materiaal, wereldlijke, materieel, naaigoedDutch
  • stoff, materiell, materiale, tøyNorwegian
  • materiał, materialnyPolish
  • material, tecido, significativo, terreno, panoPortuguese
  • material, materială, stofă, pânză, materie, material textilRomanian
  • материал, важный, материальный, вещество, материя, тканьRussian
  • materijal, материјалSerbo-Croatian
  • material, materia, materiell, världsligSwedish
  • матеріалUkrainian
  • 物質, vật chấtVietnamese
  • stöfikVolapük

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