■ A matter is a task, situation, or event which you have to deal with or think about, especially one that involves problems. (= affair)
- 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?...
- Business matters drew him to Paris.
■ matter: A subject of concern, feeling, or action: matters of foreign policy; a personal matter.
■ Synonyms: subject, matter, topic, theme
These nouns denote the principal idea or point of a speech, a piece of writing, or an artistic work.
- Subject is the most general: "Well, honor is the subject of my story" (Shakespeare).
- Matter refers to the material that is the object of thought or discourse: "This distinction seems to me to go to the root of the matter" (William James).
- A topic is a subject of discussion, argument, or conversation: "They would talk of . . . fashionable topics, such as pictures, taste, Shakespeare" (Oliver Goldsmith).
- Theme refers especially to an idea, a point of view, or a perception that is developed and expanded on in a work of art: "To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme" (Herman Melville).
..... The American Heritage
- A set of circumstances or a state of affairs; a situation: It may rain, in which case the hike will be canceled.
- Actual fact; reality: We suspected the walls were hollow, and this proved to be the case.
- A question or problem; a matter: It is simply a case of honor.
- a question or matter for discussion: the case before the committee
- a specific condition or state of affairs; situation
- a set of arguments supporting a particular action, cause, etc
...... The American Heritage, Collins