material noun

1 substance

ADJ. combustible, flammable, hazardous, inflammable, radioactive, toxic | recyclable | man-made

2 things for making sth

ADJ. raw Higher raw material costs have pushed up the price of many manufactured goods. | industrial | building a storeroom full of building materials | drawing, writing Prisoners were not allowed writing materials.

3 cloth

ADJ. thick, thin | coarse, fine | woven

QUANT. length, piece, roll, scrap, strip A patchwork quilt is a good way of using up scraps of material.

4 written matter

ADJ. fascinating, good, relevant, useful | source The letter were used as source material in this new biography. | classified, confidential, sensitive | unpublished | educational, instructional, promotional, teaching | biographical, historical | indecent, obscene, pornographic He was convicted of importing indecent material.

VERB + MATERIAL collect, find, gather, get hold of He's collecting material for a new book on space travel. I can't find any relevant material on him in the library. | contain, include This new biography contains a wealth of previously unpublished material. | produce, publish

PREP. ~ for useful material for a documentary | ~ on original material on the First World War

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