Translation of "matter" - English-Portuguese dictionary


noun uk /ˈmæt·ər/ us /ˈmæt̬·ər/

a subject or situation that you need to think about or do something about

Could I talk to you about a personal matter?
This is a matter of some importance.

[ no plural ] In science, matter is the physical substances that exist in the universe.

what’s the matter?

A2 used to ask about the reason for a problem

qual é o problema?
What’s the matter with your leg?
no matter how, what, when, etc.

used to say that something cannot be changed

não importa quão, o que, quando, etc.
I never manage to lose any weight, no matter how hard I try.
as a matter of fact

used to say that something is true, especially when it is surprising

na verdade
As a matter of fact, I used to live near him.
to make matters worse

used to say that something makes a situation more difficult, unpleasant, etc.

para piorar a situação
To make matters worse, our car broke down!
a matter of life and/or death

a serious situation where people could die

uma questão de vida ou de morte
Getting water to these people is a matter of life and death.
verb uk /ˈmæt·ər/ us /ˈmæt̬·ər/

A2 to be important

We were late, but it didn’t seem to matter.
It doesn’t matter to me whether he comes or not.

(Translation of “matter” from the Cambridge English–Portuguese Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)