cair (third-person singular simple present cairs, present participle cairing, simple past and past participle caired)
- (intransitive, obsolete) To go.
- (transitive, obsolete) To carry.
- (transitive, dialectal) To toss backwards and forwards; mix up; overhandle; stir about.
From Old Portuguese caer, from Vulgar Latin *cadēre, from Latin cadere, present active infinitive of cadō, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱad- (“to fall”). Cognate with Spanish caer.
cair (first-person singular present indicative caio, past participle caído)
- (intransitive) to fall; to fall down; to drop
- A maçã caiu.
- The apple fell.
- (transitive with de) to fall from (to fall so it is no longer attached to or on top of something)
- O livro caiu da mesa.
- The book fell from the table.
- A maçã caiu do galho.
- The apple fell from the branch.
- (figuratively, intransitive) to fall; to collapse (to be overthrown, defeated or annulled)
- O novo governo logo cairá.
- The new government will fall soon.
- (with the adverb bem or mal, intransitive, or transitive with com or em) to suit (to be appropriate or suitable)
- Um vestido preto cairia bem nela.
- A black dress would suit her well.
- Um vinhozinho cai bem.
- Some wine would be nice.
- (intransitive, with the adverb bem or mal, of food) to go down (to be eaten with or without causing indigestion)
- Essa pizza podre me caiu mal.
- This rotten pizza didn’t go down well.
- (intransitive) to decrease (to lower in value or quantity)
- Espero que o preço dos livros caia.
- I hope that the price of the books decreases.
- (intransitive) to get disconnected, to be interrupted (of a call or connection)
- Caiu a ligação.
- The connection dropped.
- (euphemistic, intransitive) to fall (to die in battle)
- Muitos dos nossos soldados caíram naquela guerra.
- Many of our soldiers fell in that war.
- (of a subject or question, intransitive, or transitive with em) to be present in a test
- Caiu uma pergunta sobre a revolução.
There was a question about the revolution.
- Eu não tinha estudado nada do que caiu na prova.
- I hadn’t studied anything that was in the test.
Conjugation of the Portuguese -ir verb cair