Translation of "first" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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firstordinal number, determiner

uk /ˈfɜːst/ us /ˈfɝːst/

A1 (a person or thing) coming before all others in order, time, amount, quality, or importance

This is my first visit to New York. 这是我第一次到纽约。
I fell in love with him the first time I saw him. 我对他一见钟情。
I'm always nervous for the first few minutes of an exam. 考试开始的头几分钟我总是很紧张。
Today is the first (of August).
in the first place

B2 in or at the beginning (of a series of events)

The trousers shrank when I washed them, but they weren't really big enough in the first place. 这条长裤洗过后缩水了,但是它原本就不够大。
Thankfully, he wasn't hurt, but he never should have been there in the first place. 谢天谢地他没受伤,但是他原本就不应该到那儿去。
in the first instance UK

as the first attempt or effort

Enquiries about the post should be addressed in the first instance to the personnel manager. 询问职位事宜应该首先咨询人事经理。
first thing

at the earliest time in the day

He said he'd call back first thing tomorrow. 他说明天一大早他会回电话的。

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uk /ˈfɜːst/ us /ˈfɝːst/

A1 before all others in order, time, amount, quality, or importance

Tom came first in the race. 汤姆在比赛中获得第一。
Who finished first? 谁先完成的?
If you get home first, can you feed the cat? 你如果先到家,能烧壶水么?

B1 for the first time

When did you first meet each other? 你们初次见面是什么时候?
The company was still very small when I first joined. 我最初加入时,这家公司还很小。

A2 also firstly used at the beginning of a list of things you want to say or write

First, I want to thank my parents. 首先,我要感谢我的父母。
First (of all) (= before anything else), I'd like to ask you a few questions. 首先,我想问几个有关你童年的问题。
First off (= before anything else), let me introduce myself. 首先,我想问几个有关你童年的问题。


uk /ˈfɜːst/ us /ˈfɝːst/

first noun (THING/PERSON)

B1 [ S ] the first person or thing to do or be something, or the first person or thing mentioned

[ + to infinitive ] She was one of the first to arrive. 她是第一批抵达的。
He is the first (= very willing) to admit that much of his success is due to his good looks. 他非常愿意承认,他的成功很大程度上归功于他帅气的外表。
Tonight sees the first of three documentaries about cancer. 今晚播放有关癌症的三部纪录片中的第一部。
from the (very) first

from the beginning

I've opposed the proposal from the very first. 我从一开始就反对那项提议。

first noun (NEVER BEFORE)

C2 [ S ] something that has never happened or been done before

This new surgical technique is a first for (= has never been done before in) the hospital. 这种外科手术新技术在英国是首次应用。

first noun (QUALIFICATION)

[ C ] UK also first-class degree the best possible undergraduate university degree you can get in the UK and some other countries

She has a first in English from Newcastle University. 她从纽卡斯尔大学毕业,获英语一级优等学位。

first noun (VEHICLE)

[ U ] also first gear (in a vehicle) the gear used when starting to drive forward or when driving up a steep hill


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