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1. Describing information that is or may be relevant for a firm's operations. For example, if a VCR company is experiencing a dearth of demand because most of its potential customers are buying DVD players, this is material information that will likely need to be disclosed to shareholders. See also: Immaterial.

2. Raw substances that a company uses to make its product. For example, an oil refinery's material is crude oil, which it makes into refined oil.
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Of sufficient importance or relevance as to have possible significant influence on an outcome. For example, the possibility that a firm might lose its right to operate a number of television stations because competitors have filed with the Federal Communications Commission for those licenses would be a material fact in preparing the firm's financial statements. Compare immaterial.
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These passages from Sidney and Shakespeare clearly indicate that facial hair did not unequivocally materialize differences between boys and men.
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"Efforts to materialize national unity and reconciliation constituted our strategic solution and we will spare no effort to implement the contents of the reconciliation agreement to pave the ground for defending the principles and rights of the Palestinians, securing freedom for the Palestinian nation and materializing the refugees' right of return to their homeland," it stated.