Translation of "tendency" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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tendencynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈten.də us /ˈten.də

C1 If someone has a tendency to do or like something, they will probably do it or like it.

[ + to infinitive ] His tendency to exaggerate is well known. 他喜欢夸张是出了名的。

If there is a tendency for something to happen, it is likely to happen or it often happens.

There is a tendency for unemployment to rise in the summer. 夏季的失业率有上升的趋势。

If there is a tendency to do something, it starts to happen more often or starts to increase.

[ + to infinitive ] There is a growing tendency to regard money more highly than quality of life. 越来越多的人倾向于把金钱看得重于生活质量。

More examples

  • He complained that there was a tendency to equate right-wing politics with self-interest.
  • There is a tendency in films to make the equation between violence and excitement.
  • Apparently some people have an inborn tendency to develop certain kinds of tumour.
  • She's one of those authors who has a tendency to overwrite.
  • Our best intentions are sometimes subverted by our natural tendency to selfishness.

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