Translation of "time" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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uk /taɪm/ us /taɪm/


A2 [ U ] the part of existence that is measured in minutes, days, years, etc., or this process considered as a whole

He wants to spend more time with his family. 他想多花時間陪家人。
Time passes so quickly when you're having fun. 玩得高興時,時間過得特別快。
She grew more and more fascinated by the subject as time went on/by. 隨著時間推移,她對這學科越來越著迷。
The curtains have faded over/with time (= as years have gone past). 年深日久,窗簾已經褪色了。
You'll forget her in time (= in the future). 你遲早會忘記她的。
Over the course of time (= as years have gone past), holes have formed in the rock. 隨著歲月的流逝,岩石上出現了洞眼。
When Paula was ill, I took her some magazines to help her pass the time. 寶拉生病時,我給她帶去一些雜誌幫她消磨時間。
If you'd taken more time with/over (= spent more time doing) this essay, you could have done it much better. 如果你在這篇文章上多花些時間,本可以寫得好得多。
It takes a long time (= many hours are needed) to get from London to Sydney. 從倫敦到雪梨要花很長時間。
We'd save time on our journey (= it would be quicker) if we went by train. 如果我們坐火車去,就會在旅程上節省時間。
I only worked there for a short period of time. 我只在那裡工作過一段短時間。
The kitchen clock is gaining/losing time (= is going fast/slow). 廚房的鐘快/慢了。
My watch has never kept very good time (= been correct). 我的手錶從來都不準。
all the time

A2 continuously

I wish you'd stop criticizing me all the time. 我希望你別再沒完沒了地批評我。
in no time C1 also in next to no time

very quickly or very soon

The kids ate their dinner in no time. 孩子們很快吃完了飯。
We'll be home in next to no time. 我們將立刻回家。
no time to lose

If you say there is or that you have no time to lose, it means that you must do quickly whatever it is that you want to do.

Come on, there's no time to lose, we have to get home before John finds out. 趕快,沒有時間耽擱了,我們必須在約翰發現之前趕到家。
for all time literary


I will love you for all time. 我會永遠愛你。
of all time

that has ever lived or existed

She's been called the greatest singer of all time. 她被稱為有史以來最偉大的歌劇演唱家。

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time noun (SYSTEM)

C1 [ U ] the system of recording hours used in different parts of the world

Greenwich Mean Time 格林威治平均時
daylight saving time 夏令時

time noun (TIME AVAILABLE)

have time

B1 If you have time, you have enough time to do something.

We don't have much time before the train leaves. 在火車開動之前,我們的時間不多了。
Do you have time for a quick drink after work? 下班後你有沒有時間小酌一杯?
I'd like to learn to sail, but I don't have the time (= I am too busy). 我想學駕帆船,可我沒時間。
[ + to infinitive ] I don't have time to go to the shops today. 我今天沒有時間去商店購物。
waste time

A2 to not make good use of the hours, etc. that you have available

If you'd done your work instead of wasting time on your phone, you'd be finished by now. 如果你當時繼續工作而不是浪費時間去聊天,你現在已經完成任務了。
run out of time

B1 to not have enough hours, etc. available to finish something you are trying to do

She ran out of time and didn't finish the last question. 她時間不夠,最後一道題沒有答完。
be (all) out of time

to not have enough minutes, etc. available

I'd like to continue this discussion but we're all out of time. 我很想繼續這討論,但我們的時間不夠。
time's up informal

there are no more minutes, hours, etc. available

OK, everyone, time's up for this week. 好了,各位,這星期的課就上到這裡——下星期上課再見。
time added on

UK also injury time, stoppage time a period of time added to the end of a football match because play was stopped during the game, usually to take care of players who were hurt

His goal in the third minute of time added on sealed the match.

time noun (PERIOD)

A2 [ S or U ] a particular period of time for which something has been happening, or that is needed for something

After a time, it became clear that nobody was interested in coming to the meetings. 起初我很喜歡修習這課程,但過了一段時間後就厭煩了。
They stayed with us for a short time. 他們和我們在一起呆了一會兒。
That was the best restaurant I've been to for/in a long time (= a long period has gone past since I went to such a good restaurant). 那是我很長一段時間以來去過最好的餐廳。
It was some time ago that I last heard from her. 我最後一次收到她的信已有一段時間了。
We're going on holiday in two weeks' time (= after two weeks have passed). 我們過兩周要去渡假。
During her time (= while she was) in office, the prime minister introduced a large number of changes. 首相在執政期間推行了多項改革。
What do you like doing in your spare/free time (= when you are not working)? 你閒暇時間喜歡做甚麼?
have/take time off

to stop work, in order to do something else

I asked my boss if I could have some time off (from work) to go to the dentist. 我問老闆我能不能抽出一些時間去看牙醫。
for a time

for a short period

For a time, we all thought that Sheila and Frank would get married. 我們都一度認為希拉和弗蘭克會結婚。
for the time being

C1 for a limited period

Leave the ironing for the time being - I'll do it later. 暫且放一放燙衣服的工作——我晚些來燙。

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A1 [ C or S or U ] a particular point in the day, as expressed in hours and minutes or shown on a clock, or a particular point in time

What time is it? 現在幾點了?
mainly UK "What's the time?" "It's ten o'clock." 「現在甚麼時間?」「十點。」
What time do you finishwork? 你甚麼時候完成工作?
Have you got the time? (= Do you know what time it is?) 你知道幾點嗎?
He's teaching his daughter to tell the time (= to recognize what time it is by looking at a clock). 他在教女兒看鐘錶。
Did you find out the times of the trains to Kiev? 你查到去倫敦的火車的開車時間嗎?
The estimated time of arrival/departure of this flight is 11.15. 這次航班估計在11點15分到達/起飛。
mainly UK Oh dear, is that the (right) time? (= is it really so late?) 哦,天哪,有這麼晚了嗎?
We always have dinner at the same time every day. 我們每天總是在同一時間吃晚飯。
I was exhausted by the time (= when) I got home. 我到家時已經筋疲力盡了。
When would be a good time for me to call you? 我甚麼時候合適給你打電話?
"What would be the best time of day for us to deliver the table?" "Oh, any time will be OK." 「我們甚麼時候送桌子最合適?」「哦,甚麼時候都行。」
Today's temperatures will be normal for the time of year (= will be as they are expected to be in this season). 今天的氣溫會和往年此時的平均氣溫一樣。
Just think, this time (= at the same particular point during) next week we'll be in Aruba. 想想吧,下星期這個時候我們就在模裡西斯了。
We regret that at the present time (US also at this time) we are unable to supply the products you ordered. 很遺憾,我們現在無法供應您訂的貨。
The time is fast drawing near/approaching (= it will soon be the time) when we'll have to make a decision. 要麼這樣,要麼那樣,很快就到我們必須下決心的時刻。
at the time

A2 at the particular point when something was thought of or done

It seemed like a good idea at the time. 在當時這似乎是個好主意。
at your time of life

at a person's present age

At his time of life, he ought to be taking things easy. 他這樣年紀應該享享清福了。

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time noun (SUITABLE POINT)

B1 [ S or U ] a particular point of the day, year, etc. that is suitable for a particular activity, or at which something is expected to happen

holiday time 假期
party time 玩樂時間
Put your toys away now - it's time for bed. 現在收拾好玩具,該睡覺了。
It's time (that) I was leaving. 我該動身了。
[ + to infinitive ] Is it time (for us) to go home yet? 該回家了嗎?
This is not the time (= not a suitable moment) to be thinking about buying a house. 現在不是考慮買房子的時候。
This is no time (= not a suitable moment) to change your mind. 現在不是你改變主意的時候。
I feel that the time has come (= now is a suitable moment) for me to move on. 我覺得是我離開的時候了。
The repairs to the road were finished two weeks ahead of time (= sooner than was expected). 道路維修工程提前兩星期完成。
Why is it that the buses never run on time (= make their journeys in the expected number of hours, etc.)? 為甚麼火車從不準時?
She's grown old before her time (= sooner than she might have been expected to have done). 她過早衰老。
in time

B1 early enough

I got home just in time - it's starting to rain. 我正好及時趕到家——隨後就開始下雨了。
If we don't hurry up, we won't be in time to catch the train. 如果我們拖拖拉拉的,就不能及時趕上火車。
We got there in plenty of time (= we arrived early) for the beginning of the game. 我們到得早,看到比賽的開頭。
(right/dead/bang) on time informal

happening or done at the particular moment that it was expected to happen or be done

My parents go to the house right on time. 公共汽車到站極為準時。
ahead of time mainly US

earlier than a particular moment

Let's meet for lunch. I'll call you ahead of time to decide exactly when and where. 我們見面吃個午飯吧。我會提前打電話跟你定時間和地點。
about time C1 also high time informal

If it is about time/high time that someone did something, it should have been done sooner or a long time ago.

It's about time (that) the school improved its food service. 學校早該改善膳食服務。
It is high time for the critics to open their minds to a new approach.
about time UK also about time too, not before time informal

said when someone does something or something happens that you think should have been done or have happened much sooner

"So Ben's finally found a job." "Yeah, it's about time." 「這麼說,本終於找到工作了。」「對,早就該找到了。」

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time noun (OCCASION)

A2 [ C ] an occasion when something happens, or the experience connected with it

The last time we went to Paris, it rained every day. 上次我們去巴黎的時候,每天都下雨。
Every time/Each time I ask you to do something you say you're busy. 每次我叫你做事,你都說太忙。
They go swimming three or four times a week. 他們每週去游泳三四次。
There are times when I wish I didn't live where I do. 有時我真希望我不是住在現在的地方。
The four-times champion (= the champion on four occasions in the past) was defeated in the second round. 這名曾四度奪冠的選手出人意料地在比賽的第二輪就被打敗了。
If I'd known at the time (= then) that she was his former wife, I'd never have said what I did. 我當時要是知道她是他前妻的話,我就不會那樣說了。
Someti`mes I enjoy my English classes, but at other times I find them really boring. 有時我很喜歡英語課,但有時也感覺很枯燥。
For the umpteenth/hundredth/thousandth time, (= I've told you on many occasions to) stop teasing your sister. 我無數次/上百次/上千次告訴過你,別再打你妹妹。
Did you have a bad/good time (= an unpleasant/enjoyable experience) at the conference? 你在大會上感到不舒服/舒服嗎?
She had an easy/hard time of it (= a comfortable/uncomfortable experience) with the birth of her second baby. 她生第二個孩子時很順利/艱難。
from time to time

B2 sometimes, but not often

From time to time I still think of her. 我偶爾還會想起她。
time after time

C2 again and again

Time after time she gets involved in relationships with the wrong men. 她一次次地與不般配的男人陷入情感糾葛。
time and (time) again

very often

I've told you time and time again - look before you cross the road. 我多次跟你說——過馬路之前要先看一看。
at all times


When you're at the airport, you should make sure you have your luggage with you at all times. 在機場,要把行李一直帶在你身邊。
at (any) one time also at a time, also at any given time

at or during any particular point or moment in the day

Only a certain number of people are allowed in the building at any one time. 該建築任何時候都只允許一定數量的人員在內。
I'm sorry, but I'm too busy to help you now - I can only do one thing at a time. 對不起,我現在太忙了,不能幫你——我一次只能做一件事。
at times

C1 sometimes

You can be really annoying at times, you know. 要知道,你有時很令人惱火。
at any time


Parking is not allowed here at any time. 這裡任何時候都不得停車。
the times UK

on many occasions

The times I've told you, ask before you borrow my clothes. 我已經告訴你許多次了,在借用我的衣服之前要先問一聲。

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B2 [ C ] also times a period in history

"A Tale of Two Cities" is set at the time of the French Revolution. 查理斯‧狄更斯的小說《雙城記》是以法國大革命時期為背景的。
In/During medieval times, women thought to be witches were burned at the stake. 中世紀時期,人們把被認為是女巫的女人在火刑柱上燒死。
In times gone by, all crops were harvested by hand. 在過去的時代,所有農作物都是人手收割。
Times were hard (= living conditions were not good) when I was a boy. 我小時候日子很艱難。
He is widely regarded as one of the best writers of modern/our times (= the present or very recent past). 人們普遍認為他是現代/我們這個時代最優秀的作家之一。
I never thought it would happen in my time (= before I died). 我怎麼也想不到這會在我有生之年發生。
We sat and talked about old times (= things that had happened to us in the past.) 我們坐下來談論往事。
Times have changed and many more women now have executive jobs than in the past.
at one time C2

in the past

At one time, George Eliot lived here. 喬治‧艾略特曾一度住在這裡。
ahead of your time UK also before your time

having new ideas, opinions, or ways of living long before most other people do

before sb's time

If something is before your time, it happened or existed before you were born or were old enough to remember it.

I don't remember the Beatles - they were before my time. 我對披頭四樂隊沒有甚麼印象——那是我出生前的事。
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time was

said to mean that there was a period in the past when something used to happen or be true

Time was (when) you could buy a loaf of bread for sixpence. 過去,你花六便士就能買到一條麵包。

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time noun (RACE)

[ C or U ] Your time in a race is the number of minutes, hours, etc. you take to complete it.

Her time for the marathon was just under three hours. 她的馬拉松成績差一點不到三小時。
He ran the 100 metres in record time. 他以創紀錄的成績贏得了100米賽跑。

time noun (MUSIC)

[ U ] the number of beats in a bar of music, or the speed at which a piece of music is intended to be played

This piece is written in 4/4 time. 這支曲子是四分之四拍的。
Small children often have difficulty singing in time with the music (= at the same speed at which the music is being played). 幼兒唱歌時常常難以與音樂合拍。
It seemed to me as if the violins were playing out of time (= at a different speed from the other instruments playing the same piece of music). 我覺得小提琴似乎不合拍。
To beat time is to make a regular series of sounds at the same speed as a piece of music is played. 打拍子就是跟著音樂的節奏製造出一系列有規律的聲響
Tapping your foot will help you to keep time (= to play the music at the correct speed). 看著指揮有助你跟上節拍。

time noun (PRISON)

do time informal

to spend a period of time in prison

It's not always easy to find a job after you've done time. 出獄後要找到工作可不容易。

time noun (DRINKING)

[ U ] the particular point in the day at which people who are drinking in a bar in the UK have to finish their drinks and leave

"Time, please!" called the landlord. 「對不起,要打烊了。」店主叫道。
Is it time already? 已經到打烊的時間了嗎?

timeverb [ T ]

uk /taɪm/ us /taɪm/

time verb [ T ] (ARRANGE)

to decide that something will happen at a particular time

[ + to infinitive ] We timed our trip to coincide with my cousin's wedding. 我們把我們的旅行安排在表哥結婚的時候。

to arrange something so that it happens at the best possible time

If you time your departure carefully, you should be able to miss the worst of the traffic. 如果精心安排好出發的時間,你應該能夠避開交通堵塞最嚴重的時段。
The girls' basketball team won the game with a perfectly timed shot (= one played at exactly the right moment), just before the buzzer. 她掌握時機,用出色的一擊贏得這場比賽。

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time verb [ T ] (MEASURE)

B2 to measure how long it takes for something to happen or for someone to do something

Will you time me to see how long it takes me to swim a length? 請你給我測一下游一個單程要花多少時間好嗎?


uk / -taɪm/ us / -taɪm/

the stated period of time during the year, day, etc.

springtime 春季
Christmas-time 聖誕節
daytime 白天
night-time 夜晚

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