Meaning of SUBSTANCE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ sʌbstəns ]

( substances)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A substance is a solid, powder, liquid, or gas with particular properties.

There’s absolutely no regulation of cigarettes to make sure that they don’t include poisonous substances...

The substance that’s causing the problem comes from the barley.

N-COUNT : usu with supp


Substance is the quality of being important or significant. ( FORMAL )

It’s questionable whether anything of substance has been achieved...

Syria will attend only if the negotiations deal with issues of substance.

N-UNCOUNT : oft with brd-neg


The substance of what someone says or writes is the main thing that they are trying to say.

The substance of his discussions doesn’t really matter.

N-SING : the N of n


If you say that something has no substance , you mean that it is not true. ( FORMAL )

There is no substance in any of these allegations.

= truth


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