Translation of "life" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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uk /laɪf/ us /laɪf/ plural lives

A1 [ C or U ] the period between birth and death, or the experience or state of being alive

Life's too short to worry about money! 人生短暫,何必為金錢而煩惱!
I'm not sure I want to spend the rest of my life with him. 我不能肯定自己是否願意與他共度餘生。
Unfortunately, accidents are part of life. 不幸的是,意外事故也是生活的一部分。
He went mad towards the end of his life. 在他的生命走向終了時他瘋掉了。
Cats are supposed to have nine lives. 據說貓有九命。
He doesn't know what he really wants in/out of life. 他不知道自己在生活中真正想要的是甚麽。
The accident changed my whole outlook on life. 那場事故徹底改變了我對人生的看法。
He lost his life (= died suddenly because of a violent event or accident) in the Great War. 他在一戰中喪生。
A simple mixture of glucose and water can save lives in many parts of the world. 在世界上很多地方,把葡萄糖和水混合在一起就可以用來拯救人的性命。
He ran off with her life savings (= all the money she had saved). 他把她一生的積蓄都給拐跑了。

B1 [ C or U ] a way of living or a particular part of someone's life

her family/private/sex life 她的家庭/個人/性生活
my working life 我的職業生涯
We interviewed senior politicians, famous writers, and others in public life. 我們採訪了資深政界人士、著名作家等公衆人物。
Drugs and violence are deeply rooted in American life. 毒品和暴力在美國社會生活中已經根深蒂固。
I left home at 16 to see life (= have different experiences with a lot of people in lots of places). 我16歲離家出去闖蕩世界。
Teaching has been her life (= the most important and enjoyable thing in her life). 教書已成爲了她的生命。

C2 [ C usually singular ] the period for which a machine or organization lasts

The newer batteries have a much longer life. 新一代電池的壽命要長得多。
Careful use will prolong the life of your machine. 小心使用會延長機器的壽命。
The legislation won't be passed during the life of the present parliament. 該項立法在當前議會的任期內不會獲得通過。

[ U ] the quality that makes people, animals, and plants different from objects, substances, and things that are dead

The doctor could find no sign of life in the old man's body. 醫生發現老人已經沒有了生命跡象。
figurative I looked through the window but I couldn't see any signs of life (= people moving). 我透過窗子向外望去,卻看不到有任何人類活動的跡象。

B2 [ U ] energy or enthusiasm

She's so full of life. 她充滿了活力。

B1 [ U ] everything that is alive

human/marine/plant life 人類/海洋生物/植物

[ U ] specialized art In art, if you work from life, you paint, draw, etc. real people or objects, usually while they are in front of you rather than from memory.

life drawing classes 寫生課

[ C ] informal especially in children's games, one of the limited number of times that you can lose, but still continue playing

Every time the little man gets hit, you lose a life. 小人兒每被擊中一次,你就丟了一條命。
bring sth to life

to make something more real or exciting

It's always been an interesting period in history and this film really brought it to life. 這段歷史總是令人饒有興味,這部電影對此進行了真實的再現。
for life

C1 for the whole of a person's life

I believe marriage is for life. 我相信婚姻是一輩子的事情。
give your life also lay down your life

to be willing to die in order to defend or support someone or something

They were ready to give their lives for their country. 他們已做好了為國捐軀的準備。
life after death

If you believe in life after death, you believe that people continue to exist in some form after they die.

start a new life also make a new life for yourself

to completely change how or where you live

She decided to start a new life in Australia. 她決定在澳大利亞開始新的生活。

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