Translation of "thing" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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uk /θɪŋ/ us /θɪŋ/

thing noun (OBJECT)

A1 [ C ] used to refer in an approximate way to an object or to avoid naming it

What's that thing over there? 那邊的是甚麼東西?
There are some nice things in the shops this summer. 今年夏天商店裡有些好東西。
I don't eat sweet things (= sweet food). 我不吃甜食。
How does this stupid thing work? 這鬼東西怎麼用?
things [ plural ]

More examples

  • What Pablo has just said puts an entirely new complexion on things.
  • I'd love to know what Anna thinks about things, but she always keeps her own counsel.
  • Both the kids were ill while we were in Boston, so that rather put a damper on things.
  • Rick's more involved with the financial end of things.
  • It just shows how you should never say how well things are going for you - it's fatal .

A1 UK your possessions or a particular set of your possessions

All their things were destroyed in the fire. 他們的所有東西都被大火燒掉了。
Bring your swimming things if the weather's nice. 如果天氣好,帶上你的游泳用品。

a particular set of objects

Let me help you clear away the tea things (= cups, plates, etc. that are used for having tea). 我來幫你收拾茶具。

More examples

  • Whatever's that yellow thing on your plate?
  • They sell dried flowers and baskets and that type of thing.
  • I'm looking for a cloth for cleaning silver. Do you have such a thing?
  • This case is absolutely full - I can't stuff another thing into it.
  • If your home was on fire and you could save only one thing, what would it be?

thing noun (IDEA/EVENT)

A2 [ C ] used to refer in an approximate way to an idea, subject, event, action, etc.

That was an unkind thing to say. 那樣說是不友好的。
I've got so many things to do I don't know where to start. 我有許多事情要做,都不知道從何下手。
Your information is correct but you left out one thing. 你的消息是正確的,不過你遺漏了一件事。
"What's the matter?" "It's this insurance thing. I'm really worried about it." 「怎麼回事?」「是保險這事。我真的很擔心。」
the thing [ C ]

the exact fact, object, idea, event, etc.

The article was exactly the thing I needed for my research. 你的信裡正好有我想瞭解的東西。
the real thing

something that is not false or a copy

The fire alarm goes off accidentally so often that when it's the real thing (= when it really does happen) nobody will take any notice. 火災報警器常常瞎響,到時候真的著火時,發警報也沒有人會注意了。
the same thing

B1 the same

Training isn't the same thing as education. 訓練與教育並不一樣。
the whole thing

B2 everything that has been planned or discussed

Let's call the whole thing off. 此事就此作罷吧。
I want to forget the whole thing. 我想忘掉這一切。
above all things

more than everything else

I value my freedom above all things. 我把自由看得比甚麼都重要。
in all things

in every situation or subject; in everything

Be true to yourself in all things. 任何時候都要堅持按自己的想法做。
if there's one thing I want to know, find out, etc.

said before describing what it is that you especially want to know

If there's one thing I want to know, it's where he goes on Thursday afternoons. 有一件事我想知道,那就是他每個星期四下午都到哪裡去了。

More examples

  • What an utterly stupid thing to do!
  • The most urgent thing to do in a fire is to make sure everyone is out of the building.
  • My wedding was the most nerve-racking thing I've ever experienced.
  • That was a horrible thing to say!
  • You'd never believe some of the things that happen in the office.

thing noun (SITUATION)

things B1 [ plural ]

used to refer to the general situation

Things have been going very well recently. 最近情況很好。
it's a good thing

B2 If it's a good thing that something happened, it is lucky that it happened.

It's a good thing (that) we booked our tickets early. 幸好我們早訂了票。
the way things are also as things stand

in the present situation

The way things are, I'll never have this ready by June. 從目前情況來看,我們六月前無法準備好這一切。


a thing B1 [ S ]

More examples

  • I couldn't see a thing because my glasses had fogged up.
  • "Did it hurt?" "Not at all - I didn't feel a thing."
  • I'm afraid there's not a bloody thing you can do about it.
  • I didn't have to do a thing - Robin had arranged everything.
  • He doesn't really know a thing about the theatre - he's just posing!

used instead of "anything" or "everything" to emphasize what you are saying

Don't worry about a thing (= anything). I'll take care of it. 甚麼事情也不要操心,我會料理好一切。
not a (single) thing

B2 not anything

After the guests had gone, there wasn't a thing left to eat. 客人走後,一點食物都沒剩。
not have a thing to wear B1 also have nothing to wear humorous

to have no clothes that are suitable for an occasion

I'm going to a wedding on Saturday and I don't have a thing to wear. 我週六要去參加一個婚禮,可沒有合適的衣服可穿。
there isn't a thing you can do

you cannot do anything

He broke his promise and there wasn't a thing we could do about it. 他不履行諾言,對此我們無計可施。

thing noun (ACTION)

a/one thing [ S ]

used to talk about a particular action, agreement, etc.

I went by plane, a thing I hardly ever do. 我是乘飛機去的——我很少這樣。
One thing you'll have to agree to is working in the evenings. 有件你必須同意的事,就是你得在晚上工作。
the ... thing [ S ]

used to make noun phrases with particular adjectives and adverbs

The first thing (to do) is to write your name at the top of the paper. 首先要做的就是把你的名字寫在這一頁的上方。

thing noun (REASON)

for one thing

C2 used to introduce a reason for something

"Why won't you come to New York with me?" "For one thing, I don't like flying, and for another, I can't afford it." 「你為甚麼不跟我到紐約來?」「首先,我不喜歡坐飛機;再者,我買不起機票。」

thing noun (PERSON/ANIMAL)

B2 [ C ] used after an adjective to refer to a person or animal with love or sympathy

The poor things were kept in small cages without room to move. 這些可憐的東西都被關在小籠子裡,連動一動的空間都沒有。
[ as form of address ] I can't believe you won - you lucky thing! 你這走運的傢夥,竟然贏了一輛汽車。

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