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Chinese (Traditional) translation of “time”


[U] that part of existence which is measured in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, etc., or this process considered as a whole
He wants to spend more time with his family.
Time passes so quickly when you're enjoying yourself.
She grew more and more fascinated by the subject as time went on/by.
The curtains have faded over/with time (= as years have gone past).
You'll forget her in time (= in the future).
Over the course of time (= as years have gone past), holes have formed in the rock.
I only worked there for a short period of time.
I'd like to visit them all but time is short (= there is little time left).
Relating to time
all the time continuously
I wish you'd stop criticizing me all the time.
Always and never
waste time to not make good use of the hours, etc. that you have available
If you'd got on with your work instead of wasting time chatting, you'd be finished by now.
Delaying and wasting time
in no time (also in next to no time) very quickly or very soon
The children ate their dinner in no time.
We'll be home in next to no time.
Hurrying and doing things quicklyBusy and active
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 must get home before John finds out.
for all time literary always
I will love you for all time.
Lasting for a long time
of all time that has ever lived or existed
She's been called the greatest opera singer of all time.
Always and never
(Definition of time noun (MINUTES/DAYS/YEARS) from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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