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American English: /ˈmædər/
British English: /ˈmatə/

Translation of matter in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable 1.1 (substance) (Philosophy, Physics)
    Example sentences
    • In general, the distinction between matter and antimatter is somewhat arbitrary.
    • Einstein described what we call gravity as curves in space and time, created by matter and energy.
    • As a result, the energy exchange between matter and radiation becomes less efficient.
    1.2 (Medicine) (discharge)
    Example sentences
    • Students of a nearby school found poisonous organic matter in water samples they studied.
    • It can be discounted here because of the absence of clay minerals and organic matter in freshly erupted ash.
    • If your soil is high in clay or sand, add organic matter to break up clay particles for better drainage.
    also: subject matter
    form and matter
    forma y contenido
    1.4 (written, printed material) printed matter
    impresos (masculine plural)
    reading matter
    material (masculine) de lectura
    1.5 (Printing) (composed type)
    galeradas (feminine plural)
    (material to be composed) manuscrito (masculine)
  • 2 2.1 (question, affair) let's say no more about the matter
    no digamos nada más sobre el asunto or la cuestión
    a matter of great importance/of national interest
    un asunto or un tema de gran importancia/de interés nacional
    let's try and keep to the matter in hand
    tratemos de ceñirnos al asunto or al tema que estamos tratando
    that's another or a different matter
    eso es otra cosa
    eso es diferente
    this is a matter for the police
    esto requiere la intervención de la policía
    it's a matter for her to decide
    es ella quien tiene que decidir
    that's a matter of taste
    eso es cuestión de gustos
    it's only a matter of time
    solo es cuestión de tiempo
    that's a matter of opinion
    eso es discutible
    it's just a matter of getting on a plane
    no hay más que tomarse un avión
    es cuestión de tomarse un avión, nada más
    I won't eat there as a matter of principle as a matter of interest, what does he do for a living?
    por pura curiosidad ¿en qué trabaja?
    we always keep a copy as a matter of course
    tenemos por norma conservar una copia
    there's the little matter of the two million they owe [ironic]
    está el pequeño detalle de los dos millones que deben [ironic]
    it's no laughing matter
    no es motivo de risa
    no es (como) para reírse
    Example sentences
    • A brief consideration of the matter shows that it is a serious situation.
    • A Scottish Executive spokesman said matters arising from the inquiry were a matter for the Crown Office.
    • All the above noted issues are matters for discussion and consideration.
    Example sentences
    • His defence of spin is not unreasonable: of course politicians do what they can to present matters in the light that reflects best on them.
    • It has to be said that this was a very poor affair and to make matters even worse from a Johnville point of view, they lost the game.
    • To make matters worse, our affair had been common knowledge amongst most members of her family.
    also: matters plural
    as matters stand to make matters worse
    para colmo (de males)
    I can't see how that will help matters
    yo no veo que eso vaya a ayudar
    matters arising
    2.3 (approximate amount)a matter of something
    cuestión (feminine) de algo
    cosa (feminine) de algo
    it was all over in a matter of seconds
    todo acabó en cuestión or cosa de segundos
    2.4 (in phrases) as a matter of factas a matter of fact, I've never been to Spain
    la verdad es que or en realidad nunca he estado en España
    I think I will have a cup of coffee, as a matter of fact
    pensándolo bien, me voy a tomar un café
    as a matter of fact, we were just leaving
    justo nos íbamos
    for that matter I wouldn't tell you; or anyone else, for that matter
    no te lo diría; ni a ti ni a nadie, en realidad
    you can have it with rice or pasta; or both, for that matter
    lo puedes comer con arroz o con pasta; o con las dos cosas, si quieres
    no matter (as interjection)
    no importa
    (as conjunction) no matter how hard I try, you're never satisfied
    por mucho que me esfuerce, nunca estás satisfecho
    no matter what your opinion of him may be, you have to admit that …
    independientemente del concepto que puedas tener de él, tienes que reconocer que …
    I want you back by 9 o'clock, no matter what
    quiero que estés de vuelta a las nueve, pase lo que pase
    it'll look terrible, no matter where you put it
    va a quedar horrible, lo pongas donde lo pongas
    no matter how cheap/large/tall it is
    por barato/grande/alto que sea
  • 3 (problem, trouble) what's the matter?
    ¿qué pasa?
    what's the matter/what was the matter with you?
    ¿qué te pasa/pasaba?
    what's the matter with Jane/the typewriter?
    ¿qué le pasa a Jane/a la máquina de escribir?
    is anything the matter with Alice?
    ¿le pasa algo a Alice?
    something's the matter or there's something the matter with her
    algo le pasa
    what's the matter with it? why won't you eat it?
    ¿qué tiene (de malo) que no lo quieres comer?

intransitive verb

  • it doesn't matter
    no importa
    da igual
    they win the games that matter
    ganan los partidos realmente importantes or que realmente importan
    does it matter how old I am?
    ¿qué importancia tiene mi edad?
    what matters most is that we stick together
    lo más importante es que nos mantengamos unidos
    to matter to somebodymoney is the only thing that matters to her/them
    el dinero es lo único que le/les importa
    getting this job matters a lot to me
    conseguir este trabajo significa mucho para mí
    nothing matters to me any more
    ya nada me importa
    Example sentences
    • Material things are not important and don't matter to us anymore.
    • I don't think it mattered to him and I suspect it didn't matter to most of the audience.
    • Things that used to matter to her before didn't matter now that she had this.
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