Translation of "first" - English-Traditional 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. 這是我第一次到紐約。
I fell in love with him the first time I saw him. 我對他一見鍾情。
I'm always nervous for the first few minutes of an exam. 考試開始的頭幾分鐘我總是很緊張。
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. 這條長褲洗過後縮水了,但是它原本就不夠大。
Thankfully, he wasn't hurt, but he never should have been there in the first place. 謝天謝地他沒受傷,但是他原本就不應該到那裡去。
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. 詢問職位事宜應該首先諮詢人事經理。
first thing

at the earliest time in the day

He said he'd call back first thing tomorrow. 他說明天一大早他會回電話的。

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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. 湯姆在比賽中獲得第一。
Who finished first? 誰先完成的?
If you get home first, can you feed the cat? 你如果先到家,能燒壺水麼?

B1 for the first time

When did you first meet each other? 你們初次見面是甚麼時候?
The company was still very small when I first joined. 我最初加入時,這家公司還很小。

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,我要感謝我的父母。
First (of all) (= before anything else), I'd like to ask you a few questions. 首先,我想問幾個有關你童年的問題。
First off (= before anything else), let me introduce myself. 首先,我想問幾個有關你童年的問題。


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. 她是其中一個最先抵達的人。
He is the first (= very willing) to admit that much of his success is due to his good looks. 他非常願意承認,他的成功很大程度上歸功於他帥氣的外表。
Tonight sees the first of three documentaries about cancer. 今晚播放有關癌症的三部紀錄片中的第一部。
from the (very) first

from the beginning

I've opposed the proposal from the very first. 我從一開始就反對那項提議。

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. 這項外科手術新技術在英國是首次應用。

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. 她從紐卡索大學畢業,獲英語頭等成績學位。

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 (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)