how to pronounce substance


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the above transcription of substance is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

substance is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of substance in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… of a viscous substance while a Pollock …”

meanings of substance


  1. Drugs (illegal narcotics).
  2. A form of matter that has constant chemical composition and characteristic properties.
  3. Substantiality; solidity; firmness.
  4. Hypostasis.
  5. Physical matter; material.
  6. The essential part of anything; the most vital part.
  7. Material possessions; estate; property; resources.


  1. To give substance to; to make real or substantial.

substance frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word substance occurs in english on average 14.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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