matter (n.)
significance, import, meaning
Ham IV.i.1[Claudius to Gertrude] There's matter in these sighs [Q2; F matters]
KL I.i.55[Gonerill to Lear] I love you more than word can wield the matter [i.e. more than words can say]
MV III.v.65[Lorenzo to Jessica, of Launcelot] many fools ... / Garnished like him, that for a tricksy word / Defy the matter [i.e. disdain everyday sense]
Tem II.i.234[Sebastian to Antonio] The setting of thine eye and cheek proclaim / A matter from thee
SHAKESPEARE'S WORDS © 2018 DAVID CRYSTAL & BEN CRYSTAL