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BNC: 370 COCA: 528
matter mætəʳ ˈmætər
Word forms: plural , 3rd person singular present tense matters, present participle mattering, past tense , past participle mattered
1 N-COUNT 事情;状况;问题 A matter is a task, situation, or event which you have to deal with or think about, especially one that involves problems. 事情;状况;问题
  • It was clear that she wanted to discuss some private matter.


  • Until the matter is resolved the athletes will be ineligible to compete.


  • Don't you think this is now a matter for the police?. [+ for]


  • Business matters drew him to Paris.


2 N-PLURAL [no det] 事态;情况;局面 You use matters to refer to the situation you are talking about, especially when something is affecting the situation in some way. 事态;情况;局面
  • If your ordinary life is out of control, then retreating into a cosy ritual will not improve matters.


  • If it would facilitate matters, I would be happy to come to New York.


  • Matters took an unexpected turn.


3 N-SING ()问题;取决于的问题;关乎的问题 If you say that a situation is a matter of a particular thing, you mean that that is the most important thing to be done or considered when you are involved in the situation or explaining it. ()问题;取决于的问题;关乎的问题
  • History is always a matter of interpretation. [+ of]


  • Observance of the law is a matter of principle for us.


  • After that, life became a matter of defying school rules.


  • Jack had attended these meetings as a matter of routine for years. [+ of]


4 N-UNCOUNT (印刷或阅读的)材料 Printed matter consists of books, newspapers, and other texts that are printed. Reading matter consists of things that are suitable for reading, such as books and newspapers. (印刷或阅读的)材料
  • ...the Government's plans to levy VAT on printed matter.


  • ...a rich variety of reading matter.


5 N-UNCOUNT (有形的)物质 Matter is the physical part of the universe consisting of solids, liquids, and gases. (有形的)物质
  • A proton is an elementary particle of matter.


  • He has spent his career studying how matter behaves at the fine edge between order and disorder.


6 N-UNCOUNT (某一类型的)物质 You use matter to refer to a particular type of substance. (某一类型的)物质
  • They feed mostly on decaying vegetable matter.


  • ...waste matter from industries.


7 N-SING 麻烦事;问题 You use matter in expressions such as 'What's the matter?' or 'Is anything the matter?' when you think that someone has a problem and you want to know what it is. 麻烦事;问题 [Also + with]
  • Carole, what's the matter? You don't seem happy.


  • What's the matter with your office?.


  • She told him there was nothing the matter.


8 N-SING (强调数量少、时间短) You use matter in expressions such as 'a matter of weeks' when you are emphasizing how small an amount is or how short a period of time is. (强调数量少、时间短) [emphasis]
  • Within a matter of days she was back at work.


  • He expected to be at East Grinstead station in a matter of hours.


  • This time the journey was short, a matter of four or five miles up into the hills.


9 VERB [no cont] 有关系;要紧;有影响 If you say that something does not matter, you mean that it is not important to you because it does not have an effect on you or on a particular situation. 有关系;要紧;有影响
  • A lot of the food goes on the floor but that doesn't matter. [VERB]


  • As for Laura and me, the colour of our skin has never mattered. [VERB]


  • As long as staff are smart, it does not matter how long their hair is. [VERB wh]


  • Does it matter that people don't know this?. [VERB that]


  • Money is the only thing that matters to them. [VERB + to]


SYN be important, make a difference, count, be relevant
10 See also: grey matter  subject matter 
11 PHRASE 另一码事;另一回事;不同情形 If you say that something is another matter or a different matter, you mean that it is very different from the situation that you have just discussed. 另一码事;另一回事;不同情形
  • Being responsible for one's own health is one thing, but being responsible for another person's health is quite a different matter.


  • You have no business going into such places all by yourselves. If your parents take you, of course, that's another matter.


12 PHRASE 出于(时间)的考虑;作为(紧急)事件(处理) If you are going to do something as a matter of urgency or priority, you are going to do it as soon as possible, because it is important. 出于(时间)的考虑;作为(紧急)事件(处理)
  • Your doctor and health visitor can help a great deal and you need to talk about it with them as a matter of urgency.


13 PHRASE 难事;并非易事 If something is no easy matter, it is difficult to do it. 难事;并非易事
  • Choosing the colour for the drawing-room walls was no easy matter.


14 PHRASE 此事已定;(事情)到此为止,到此结束 If someone says that's the end of the matter or that's an end to the matter, they mean that a decision that has been taken must not be changed or discussed any more. 此事已定;(事情)到此为止,到此结束
  • 'He's moving in here,' Maria said. 'So that's the end of the matter.'


15 PHRASE 事实真相是;真实情况是 You use the fact of the matter is or the truth of the matter is to introduce a fact which supports what you are saying or which is not widely known, for example because it is a secret. 事实真相是;真实情况是
  • The fact of the matter is that most people consume far more protein than they actually need.


  • The truth of the matter is that he was having an identity crisis when he met Carina.


16 PHRASE 同样;而且 You can use for that matter to emphasize that the remark you are making is true in the same way as your previous, similar remark. 同样;而且 [emphasis]
  • The irony was that Shawn had not seen her. Nor for that matter had anyone else.


  • A great deal of hard work was done and, for that matter, is continuing.


17 CONVENTION 不要紧;没关系 You say 'it doesn't matter' to tell someone who is apologizing to you that you are not angry or upset, and that they should not worry. 不要紧;没关系
  • 'Did I wake you?' — 'Yes, but it doesn't matter.'


18 CONVENTION 都行;无所谓;随便 You say 'it doesn't matter' when someone offers you a choice between two or more things and you do not mind which is chosen. 都行;无所谓;随便
  • 'Steve, what do you want?' — 'Coke, Pepsi, it doesn't matter.'


19 PHRASE 正经事;非同儿戏 If you say that something is no laughing matter, you mean that it is very serious and not something that you should laugh or joke about. 正经事;非同儿戏
  • Their behaviour is an offence. It's no laughing matter.


20 PHRASE 使情况变得更糟 If you say that something makes matters worse, you mean that it makes a difficult situation even more difficult. 使情况变得更糟
  • Don't let yourself despair; this will only make matters worse.


  • To make matters worse, it started to rain again.


21 CONVENTION 没关系;不要紧 You say 'no matter' after you have just asked a question or mentioned an idea or doubt and you have decided that it is not really important, interesting, or worth discussing. 没关系;不要紧 [feelings] [feelings]
  • 'Didn't you ever read the book?' Keating shook his head. 'Well, no matter.'.


  • 'Shoddy workmanship these days,' he remarked. 'No matter, it will still bear my weight.'


22 PHRASE 不管…;无论 You use no matter in expressions such as 'no matter how' and 'no matter what' to say that something is true or happens in all circumstances. 不管…;无论
  • No matter what your age, you can lose weight by following this program.


  • No matter how often they were urged, they could not bring themselves to join in.


  • Jenkins would reward all investors, no matter when they made their investment.


23 PHRASE 不管怎样;无论如何 If you say that you are going to do something no matter what, you are emphasizing that you are definitely going to do it, even if there are obstacles or difficulties. 不管怎样;无论如何 [emphasis]
  • He had decided to publish the manuscript no matter what.


  • I vowed then, no matter what, I would never be like those people.


24 PHRASE 看法问题;看法因人而异的事情 If you say that a statement is a matter of opinion, you mean that it is not a fact, and that other people, including yourself, do not agree with it. 看法问题;看法因人而异的事情
  • 'We're not that contrived. We're not that theatrical.' — 'That's a matter of opinion.'


25 PHRASE (只是)时间的问题(用于说明某事必定发生) If you say that something is just a matter of time, you mean that it is certain to happen at some time in the future. (只是)时间的问题(用于说明某事必定发生)
  • It would be only a matter of time before he went through with it.


26 a matter of life and death→see: death  as a matter of course→see: course  as a matter of fact→see: fact  mind over matter→see: mind 
What is matter? - Never mind.
What is mind? - No matter
BNC: 370 COCA: 528


1subject/situation that must be dealt with必須處理的問題或情況ADJECTIVE | VERB + MATTER | MATTER + VERB | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVEimportant, pressing, serious, urgent, weighty重要的問題;緊迫的問題;重大的情況He left, saying he had pressing matters to attend to.他走了,說有些緊急的事情要去處理。The question of his innocence is a weighty matter for this court.他是否清白是本庭所要解決的關鍵問題。complex, complicated, controversial, delicate, difficult, sensitive複雜的問題;有爭議的問題;微妙的問題;難題;敏感的問題I wasn't sure how to approach the delicate matter of pay.我不知道該如何處理薪酬這個微妙的問題。simple, trifling, trivial簡單的問題;小事;瑣事It is then a simple matter to print off the data you have collected.然後只要把你收集的數據打印出來就行了。no easy, no simple絕非易事;並不簡單的問題It is no simple matter starting a new business.創業絕非易事。practical實際問題They've agreed in theory, but now we need to discuss practical matters.他們在理論上是同意了,但現在我們需要討論實際問題。family, personal, private家事;私事subject論題His articles deal with a wide range of subject matter.他的文章涉及的論題很廣。economic, environmental, financial, legal, political, procedural, religious, spiritual, technical經濟/環境/金融/法律/政治/程序性/宗教/精神層面的/技術問題routine例行程序The rest of the meeting was taken up by routine matters.會議剩下的內容就全是一些例行程序了。related相關問題They talk mostly about work and related matters.他們談的主要是工作和與之相關的問題。different, other另一回事I don't mind lizards, but snakes are a different matter.我不怕蜥蜴,但蛇就不同了。VERB + MATTERbring up, broach, raise提出問題I thought I'd better broach the matter with my boss.我想最好還是跟老闆提一下這件事。The matter will be raised at our next meeting.這個問題將在我們下次的會議上提出。address, debate, discuss, go into, take up探討問題;辯論問題;討論問題;談及問題I don't really want to go into this matter now.我現在真不想談這個問題。press, pursue, take further敦促解決問題;進一步深究問題After legal advice I chose to take the matter further.找律師咨詢後我決定要進一步深究這個問題。drop不再提起⋯His lawyer advised him to drop the matter.他的律師建議他別再追究這件事。consider, examine, investigate, look at, look into, tackle考慮問題;調查問題;研究問題;處理情況clarify, clear up, decide, resolve, settle澄清問題;決定事情;解決問題It's a relief to have the matter settled.這個問題得到解決,讓人舒了一口氣。approach, deal with, handle, treat(着手)處理問題Police are treating the matter as a murder investigation.警察把這件事按兇殺案進行調查。MATTER + VERBbe related to, pertain to (formal) , relate to問題與⋯相關/屬於⋯範圍/關係到⋯
She was a great source of knowledge on matters relating to nutrition.有關營養的問題上,從她那裏可以獲得豐富的知識。PREPOSITIONin a/the matter在事務中I don't have much experience in these matters.在這些事情上我沒有什麼經驗。Do I have any choice in the matter?在這件事情上我有選擇嗎?on a/the matter關於問題Speak to your manager if you need help on this matter.如果你在這件事情上需要幫助,就跟你的經理談。matter for應由⋯負責的事務The incident is definitely a matter for the police.這一事件肯定應由警方來解決。matter of⋯的事情It's a matter of concern to all of us.這件事情我們大家都很關心。We discussed the matter of whether or not to hire a bus.我們討論了是否要租輛大巴的問題。Getting the effect you want is a matter of trial and error.要得到想要的效果需要反複試驗。PHRASESthe crux of the matter, the heart of the matter (= the most important part of a subject/situation) 問題的核心let the matter drop, let the matter go, let the matter rest不再提起⋯;讓⋯告一段落She refused to let the matter rest.她不肯讓這件事就此了結。the matter in hand手頭的事情Let's concentrate on the matter in hand for now, and leave other issues till later.咱們先把精力放在手頭的事情上,其他問題留待以後再說吧。be no laughing matter不是鬧着玩兒的事The safety of his family was no laughing matter.他家人的安危可非同兒戲。


2matters situation you are in身處的情況VERB + MATTERScomplicate, confuse, make worse, not help使事態複雜化;把事情搞亂;使事情變得更糟;對事態沒有幫助It didn't help matters that I had a terrible cold.我得了重感冒,於事無補。To make matters worse, my friend then lost her keys.更為糟糕的是,我的朋友又弄丟了她自己的鑰匙。simplify簡化事態Let me simplify matters by giving you my answer now.我來使事情簡單一點兒,現在就答覆你吧。arrange安排事情She always arranges matters to suit herself.她總是以自己的方便來安排事情。


3substance物質ADJECTIVEsolid固體物質organic, vegetable有機物;植物性物質composed entirely of organic matter完全由有機物構成inanimate, inorganic無生命物質;無機物decaying腐爛物質dark (science科學) 暗物質printed, reading印刷品;讀物


ADVERB | VERB + MATTER | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADVERBa great deal, a lot, greatly, really很要緊;非常重要These things matter a lot to young children.這些事對小孩子來說很要緊。hardly, little (formal) , not much, scarcely (especially BrE) 不大要緊;無關緊要;沒什麼打緊
She could find a job. It hardly mattered what.她能夠找到工作,至於什麼工作無關緊要。no longer, not any more不再重要VERB + MATTERnot seem to似乎不重要Somehow it didn't seem to matter much any more.不知怎的,這似乎已經不大重要了。PREPOSITIONabout⋯要緊It doesn't matter about the mess.亂一點兒沒關係。to對⋯有關係It didn't matter to her that he was blind.他是個盲人,但她不介意。PHRASESnot matter a/one bit, not matter a/one jot, not matter a/one whit (especially NAmE) 一點兒都不要緊It doesn't matter one whit what their ethnic background is.他們的種族背景是什麼絲毫沒有關係。
BNC: 370 COCA: 528
matter noun
issue (a matter for the police) material (organic matter) problem (What's the matter?)
BNC: 370 COCA: 528
Something that you are discussing: referent, matter, issue...
Words used to describe difficult situations: stormy, acrimonious, uneasy...
General words for materials and substances: substance, material, powder...
Infection and fighting infection: antibody, biosecurity, candida...
Moments and short periods of time: moment, second, instant...

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