Translation of "chain" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /tʃeɪn/ us /tʃeɪn/


B2 [ C ] a set of connected or related things

She has built up a chain of 180 bookshops across the country. 她在全国各地开了180家连锁书店。
His resignation was followed by a remarkable chain of events.

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chain noun (RINGS)

A2 [ C or U ] (a length of) rings usually made of metal that are connected together and used for fastening, pulling, supporting, or limiting freedom, or as jewellery

The gates were locked with a padlock and a heavy steel chain. 大门被一把挂锁和一根沉重的钢链锁着。
Put the chain on the door if you are alone in the house. 你要是一个人在家就把链子钩在门上。
Mary was wearing a beautiful silver chain around her neck. 玛丽的脖子上戴着一条漂亮的银项链。
in chains

tied with chains

The hostages were kept in chains for 23 hours a day. 人质们一天里有23小时戴着镣铐。

[ plural ] a fact or situation that limits a person's freedom

At last the country has freed itself from the chains of the authoritarian regime. 这个国家最终从独裁政权的束缚中解放了出来。

chainverb [ T usually + adv/prep ]

uk /tʃeɪn/ us /tʃeɪn/

to fasten someone or something using a chain

It's so cruel to keep a pony chained up like that all the time. 把一匹小马驹一直那样拴着真是太残忍了。
They chained themselves to lampposts in protest at the judge's decision. 为了抗议法官的判决,他们把自己拴在了灯柱上。
figurative I don't want a job where I'm chained to a desk for eight hours a day. 我不想要一份一天8小时都被拴在办公桌前的工作。

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