1 subject/situation that must be dealt with
important, pressing, serious, urgent, weighty

He left, saying he had pressing matters to attend to.

The question of his innocence is a weighty matter for this court.

complex, complicated, controversial, delicate, difficult, sensitive

I wasn't sure how to approach the delicate matter of pay.

simple, trifling (esp. BrE), trivial

It is then a simple matter to print off the data you have collected.

no easy, no simple

It is no simple matter starting a new business.


They've agreed in theory, but now we need to discuss practical matters.

family, personal, private

His articles deal with a wide range of subject matter.

economic, environmental, financial, legal, political, procedural, religious, spiritual, technical

The rest of the meeting was taken up by routine matters.


They talk mostly about work and related matters.

different, other

I don't mind lizards, but snakes are a different matter.

bring up, broach, raise

I thought I'd better broach the matter with my boss.

The matter will be raised at our next meeting.

address, debate, discuss, go into, take up

I don't really want to go into this matter now.

press, pursue, take further

After legal advice I chose to take the matter further.


His lawyer advised him to drop the matter.

consider, examine, investigate, look at, look into, tackle
clarify, clear up, decide, resolve, settle

It's a relief to have the matter settled.

approach, deal with, handle, treat

Police are treating the matter as a murder investigation.

be related to, pertain to (formal), relate to

She was a great source of knowledge on matters relating to nutrition.

in a/the matter

I don't have much experience in these matters.

Do I have any choice in the matter?

on a/the matter

Speak to your manager if you need help on this matter.

matter for

The incident is definitely a matter for the police.

matter of

It's a matter of concern to all of us.

We discussed the matter of whether or not to hire a bus.

Getting the effect you want is a matter of trial and error.

the crux of the matter, the heart of the matter (= the most important part of a subject/situation)
let the matter drop, let the matter go, let the matter rest

She refused to let the matter rest.

the matter in hand

Let's concentrate on the matter in hand for now, and leave other issues till later.

be no laughing matter

The safety of his family was no laughing matter.

2 matters situation you are in
complicate, confuse, make worse, not help

It didn't help matters that I had a terrible cold.

To make matters worse, my friend then lost her keys.


Let me simplify matters by giving you my answer now.


She always arranges matters to suit herself.

3 substance
organic, vegetable

composed entirely of organic matter

inanimate, inorganic
dark (science)
printed, reading
a great deal, a lot, greatly, really

These things matter a lot to young children.

hardly, little (formal), not much, scarcely (esp. BrE)

She could find a job. It hardly mattered what.

no longer, not any more
not seem to

Somehow it didn't seem to matter much any more.


It doesn't matter about the mess.


It didn't matter to her that he was blind.

not matter a/one bit, not matter a/one jot (BrE), not matter a/one whit (esp. AmE)

It doesn't matter one whit what their ethnic background is.

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