Translation of "time" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary


noun (SUITABLE POINT) 合適的時間點 uk us /taɪm/

[ S or U ] a particular point of the day, week, month, 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 to go home yet? 該回家了嗎?
When would be a good time for me to call you? 我甚麼時候合適給你打電話?
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 trains 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

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 arrived in good time (= We arrived early) for the start of the match. 我們到得早,看到比賽的開頭。
(bang/dead/right) on time informal

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

The bus arrived dead 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 fix up 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 (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 meals service. 學校早該改善膳食服務。
It is high time for Europe to take responsibility for its own defence. 歐洲早該自行承擔防禦責任。
about time (too) (also 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." "Yes, and about time too." 「這麼說,本終於找到工作了。」「對,早就該找到了。」

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