Translation of "age" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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agenoun

uk /eɪdʒ/ us /eɪdʒ/

age noun (TIME SPENT ALIVE)

A1 [ C or U ] the period of time someone has been alive or something has existed

年龄,年纪;存在时间
Do you know the age of that building? 你知道那座楼的历史有多久吗?
What age (= how old) is your brother? 你弟弟多大了?
I'd guess she's about my age (= she is about as old as I am). 我猜她和我年龄差不多。
She was 74 years of age when she wrote her first novel. 她写第一部小说时是74岁。
He left home at the age of 16. 他16岁时离开了家。
I was married with four children at your age. 像你这么大的时候我已经结了婚并且有了4个孩子。
She's starting to show/look her age (= to look as old as she is). 她开始看上去与实际年龄一般大。
I'm really beginning to feel my age (= feel old). 我真的开始觉得老了。
His girlfriend's twice his age (= twice as old as he is). 他的女朋友年龄比他大一倍。
act your age!

said to someone to tell them to stop behaving like someone who is much younger

别孩子气!成熟点吧!
the age of consent

the age at which someone is considered by the law to be old enough to agree to have sex with someone

法定年龄(可发生性行为的法定年龄)

More examples

  • Prokofiev started composing at the age of five.
  • She's getting very forgetful in her old age.
  • He's very mature for his age.
  • He became a professional athlete at the age of 16.
  • Hilary's the same age as me.

age noun (PERIOD)

B1 [ C ] a particular period in time

时代;时期
the Victorian age 维多利亚时代
the modern age 现代
the nuclear age 核时代

More examples

  • the age of imperialism
  • It's time this company moved into the computer age.
  • The neolithic period is sometimes called the new stone age.
  • Service industries such as tourism have become more important in the post-industrial age.
  • Rousseau, that great prophet of the modern age

age noun (LONG TIME)

ages B1 [ plural ] informal also mainly UK an age [ S ]

More examples

  • It might take him ages but he'll do it eventually.
  • It took me ages to pluck up the courage to ask for a promotion.
  • I've been waiting in this queue for ages.
  • It seems like ages since we last spoke.
  • My sister always spends ages in the bathroom.

a very long time

很长时间
It takes ages to cook. 做饭要花很长时间。
I've been waiting for ages. 我已经等了很长时间。
It's been ages/an age since we last spoke. 我们好长时间没有交谈了。

age noun (BEING OLD)

C2 [ U ] the fact of being or getting older

年老;衰老;老化;陈年
Her back was bent with age. 随着年事增高,她的背驼了。
This cheese/wine improves with age. 这种干酪/酒放的时间越长越好。
Her temper hasn't improved with age! 她的脾气一点没有随着年龄增长而变好!

More examples

  • Sunbathing can prematurely age and wrinkle the skin.
  • She's aged a lot since we last saw her.
  • The death of his wife had aged him greatly.
  • A great deal of research has examined the effects of ageing on our physical and mental capacities.
  • The whisky is aged for at least two years in oak barrels.

Idiom(s)

ageverb [ I or T ]

uk /eɪdʒ/ us /eɪdʒ/ present participle UK ageing or US aging, past tense and past participle aged

If someone ages or something ages them, they look older.

衰老,使…显得苍老
She's aged since the last time we met. 她显得比我们上次见面时老了。

to develop in flavour or leave something to do this

发酵,变陈
The brandy is aged in oak for ten years. 这种白兰地在橡木桶中陈酿了10年。

More examples

  • Sunbathing can prematurely age and wrinkle the skin.
  • She's aged a lot since we last saw her.
  • The death of his wife had aged him greatly.
  • A great deal of research has examined the effects of ageing on our physical and mental capacities.
  • The whisky is aged for at least two years in oak barrels.

-agesuffix

uk / -ɪdʒ/ us / -ɪdʒ/

-age suffix (ACTION)

used to form nouns that refer to the action or result of something

(构成名词,表示动作或结果)
blockage 阻塞
shrinkage 收缩
wastage 浪费
All breakages must be paid for. 损毁东西必须赔偿。

-age suffix (STATE)

used to form nouns that refer to a state or condition

(构成名词,表示状态或状况)
bondage 束缚
marriage 婚姻
shortage 短缺

-age suffix (PLACE)

used to form nouns that are names of places

(构成名词,表示地方)
orphanage 孤儿院
vicarage 教区牧师住宅

(Translation of “age” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)