- material ma‧te‧ri‧al [məˈtɪəriəl ǁ -ˈtɪr-] noun [countable usually plural]something you need to make or do something:
• A shortage of building materials compounded escalating costs.ˌraw maˈterial MANUFACTURINGa substance that is used to make a product:
• Crude oil is the basic raw material for styrene.
• They are short of cash to pay for raw materials.
* * *Ⅰ.material UK US /məˈtɪəriəl/ noun► [C or U] a physical substance that things can be made from: »
The cost of labour and materials has risen up to 40% in a short period.building/construction materials »
The buildings also use recycled building materials and consume less water.traditional/natural/recycled materials »
There is increasing demand for products made from recycled materials.»
hazardous/toxic/radioactive material► [U or plural] printed documents, books, computer programs, etc. that give information, especially ones intended for a particular purpose: publicity/marketing/promotional material »
According to their publicity material, the new rates are the lowest in the UK.teaching/training materials »
The video and other training materials were created in-house.printed/published material »
Some people prefer to receive information face-to-face, rather than through published material.► [U] information used when writing something: »
She gave me a lot of useful material for my presentation.»
The journalist had been collecting material for an article on the President.→ See also BILL OF MATERIALS(Cf. ↑bill of materials), COLLATERAL MATERIAL(Cf. ↑collateral material), DIRECT MATERIALS(Cf. ↑direct materials), RAW MATERIAL(Cf. ↑raw material)Ⅱ.material UK US /məˈtɪəriəl/ adjective [before noun]► relating to physical objects or money: »
Increased material wealth is delivered by today's economic system.»
He cares more about job satisfaction than material things.
Financial and business terms. 2012.