Translation of "bill" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /bɪl/ us /bɪl/


A2 [ C or S ] a request for payment of money owed, or the piece of paper on which it is written

an electricity/gas/phone bill 电/煤气/电话费账单
They sent us a bill for the work they had done. 他们寄给我们索要酬金的账单。
She ran up (= caused herself to have) a huge phone bill. 由于与男友电话聊天数小时,她的电话费大增。
They asked the waitress for the bill. 他们叫女服务员把账单拿来。
Could we have the bill, please? 请给我们结账好吗?
Her mother agreed to foot (= pay) the bill. 她母亲同意付账单。

More examples

  • The bill must be paid in full by the end of the month.
  • There is a ten percent service charge included in the bill.
  • They want to talk to you in connection with an unpaid tax bill.
  • If this bill is not paid within five days, your gas supply will be cut off.
  • I checked the bill and realized the restaurant had charged me £5 too much.

bill noun (LAW)

[ C ] a formal statement of a planned new law that is discussed before being voted on

The bill was amended (= changed). 议案被修订了。
When a bill is passed in Parliament it becomes law. 一旦某项法案在议会通过,它便成为法律。
informal The bill was thrown out (= did not go past the first stage of discussion and will not become law). 这项议案被否决了。

More examples

  • The bill was defeated in the Commons by 249 votes to 131.
  • An amendment to the bill was agreed without a vote.
  • The opposition was in full cry in Parliament last night over the proposed changes to the education bill.
  • Politicians tried to dress up the bill as a bold new strategy for combatting poverty.
  • He is unlikely to succeed in getting his bill through Congress, however worthy it is.

bill noun (MONEY)

B1 [ C ] mainly US UK usually note a piece of paper money

a dollar/one-dollar bill 1美元的钞票
a ten-dollar bill 面值10美元的钞票
See also

bill noun (BIRD)

[ C ] the beak of a bird


bill noun (SIGN)

[ C ] a paper sign giving information about something, especially an event or performance

be on the bill

to be performing in a show

There were lots of big names (= famous people) on the bill. 有许多明星参加演出。
head/top the bill

to be the most important actor in a show



uk /bɪl/ us /bɪl/


[ T ] to give or send someone a bill asking for money that they owe for a product or service

Please bill me for any expenses you incur. 请把你的所有花费都记在我的账上。

bill verb (ADVERTISE)

[ T usually passive ] to advertise something with a particular description; to describe someone in a particular way in order to advertise them or make them known

The movie was billed as a romantic comedy. 该电影被宣传成浪漫喜剧。
The young author was billed as "the new Beckett." 这位年轻作家被吹捧为“新贝克特”。

the Billnoun [ S, + sing/pl verb ]

uk /bɪl/ us /bɪl/ also the Old Bill UK slang

the police


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