Translation of "affair" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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affairnoun [ C ]

uk /əˈfeər/ us /əˈfer/

affair noun [ C ] (MATTER)

B2 a situation or subject that is being dealt with or considered

She organizes her financial affairs very efficiently. 她把自己的财务处理得井井有条、又快又好。
He's always meddling in (= trying to influence) other people's affairs. 他总想插手别人的事情。
What I do in my spare time is my affair (= only involves me). 我在业余时间做什么,这是我自己的事。

B2 a matter or situation that causes strong public feeling, usually of moral disapproval

The arms-dealing affair has severely damaged the reputation of the government. 武器交易事件严重损害了政府的声誉。
The president's handling of the affair has been criticized. 总统对这一事件的处理遭到了抨击。

More examples

  • The whole affair does not reflect well on the government.
  • As a leader, he's been criticized for his inexperience in foreign affairs.
  • He put his affairs in order before he went into hospital.
  • I've never been very money-minded - I leave all my business affairs to my financial adviser.
  • The director has come in for a lot of criticism over his handling of the affair.

affair noun [ C ] (RELATIONSHIP)

B2 a sexual relationship, especially a secret one

She's having an affair with a married man. 她和一个有妇之夫私通。
The book doesn't make any mention of his love affairs. 这本书没有提及他的种种风流韵事。
an extramarital affair 婚外恋

More examples

  • She discovered (that) her husband was having an affair.
  • They have been rather indiscreet about their affair.
  • It's an open secret around the office that they're having an affair.
  • Their love affair began against a backdrop of war.
  • She hired a private detective to find out if her husband was having an affair.

affair noun [ C ] (EVENT)

an event

The party turned out to be a quiet affair. 结果聚会办得冷冷清清。

affair noun [ C ] (THING)

old-fashioned an object of the type stated

She wore a long black velvet affair. 她身穿一件那种黑色天鹅绒的长裙。

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