Substance meaning

sŭb'stəns
Substance is some material or item with a particular texture or an intoxicating drink or drug.

An example of substance is something that feels like silk.

An example of a substance is alcohol.

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Substance means something based in fact or supported by logic, or something or someone who has merit or worth.

An example of substance is when an argument makes sense and has facts to back it up.

Substance is a person who is smart and interested in the world.

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The most important part or idea of what is said or written; the essence or gist.

The substance of the report.

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The real or essential part or element of anything; essence, reality, or basic matter.
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Density; body.

Air has little substance.

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Material possessions; goods; wealth.

A person of substance.

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The real content, meaning, or gist of something said or written.
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Material possessions; property; resources; wealth.
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Physical matter; material.
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A drug.
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The essential part of anything; the most vital part.
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Substantiality; solidity; firmness.

Some textile fabrics have little substance.

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Material possessions; estate; property; resources.

A man of substance.

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Drugs (illegal narcotics)

Substance abuse.

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(theology) Hypostasis.
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in substance
  • With regard to essential elements.
  • Actually; really.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in substance

Origin of substance

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin substantia from substāns substant- present participle of substāre to be present sub- sub- stāre to stand stā- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French substance, from Latin substantia (“substance, essence"), from substāns, present active participle of substō (“exist; literally, stand under"), from sub + stō (“stand").
    From Wiktionary