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definition 1: anything used for constructing or making something else.
example: Materials such as limestone, marble, and glass were used in vast amounts to build the cathedral.
example: A lot of the material purchased for the construction project was never used.
definition 2: any group of ideas, sources, data, or the like that can be used to create a larger work.
example: She gathered material for her novel by reading newspapers from the 1920s.
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