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material
British English: /məˈtɪərɪəl/
American English: /məˈtɪriəl/

Translation of material in French:

noun

  • 1 (information, data)
    mpl about, on sur for pour
    to collect material on something
    se documenter sur quelque chose
    I'm collecting material for a book
    je recueille de la documentation pour un livre
    to draw on material from the archives
    se baser sur des documents provenant des archives
    course ou teaching material promotional material, publicity material
    documentation (f) publicitaire
    reference material
    ouvrages (mpl) de référence
    some of the material in the report is inaccurate
    certains passages du rapport sont inexacts
  • 2 (subject matter) I'll use the material in my next article
    je traiterai ce sujet dans mon prochain article
    the material in the magazine is controversial
    le contenu de la revue est controversé
    some of the material in the show is unsuitable for children
    certaines parties du spectacle ne sont pas pour les enfants
  • 3 (Theatre, Television) (script) she writes all her own material
    elle écrit ses textes elle-même
  • 4 (Music)
    chansons
    fpl
    he writes all his own material
    il est auteur-compositeur
    I'm working on material for a new album
    je suis en train de travailler à mon nouvel album
  • 5 (substance) (gen)
    (Construction, Technology)
    explosive material
    matière or substance explosive
    natural material
    matière or substance naturelle
    nuclear material
    matériaux (mpl) nucléaires
    packing material
    matériaux (mpl) d'emballage
    plastic material
    matériaux (mpl) plastiques
    waste material
    déchets
    mpl
  • 7 (personal potential) she is star/executive material
    elle a l'étoffe d'une vedette/d'un cadre
    he is not really university material
    il n'est pas capable d'entreprendre des études universitaires

also: materials plural noun

  • 1 (equipment) art materials, artist's materials
    fournitures (fpl) de dessin
    cleaning materials
    produits (mpl) d'entretien
  • 2 (natural substances)
    matériaux
    mpl

adjective

  • 2 (physical, concrete)
    (cause, comfort, consideration, gain, need, possessions, success, support)
    in material terms, we are better off
    nous sommes plus à l'aise sur le plan matériel
    to do something for material gain
    faire quelque chose par intérêt

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