Translation of "thing" - English-Mandarin 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? 那边的是什么东西?
There are some nice things in the shops this summer. 今年夏天商店里有些好东西。
I don't eat sweet things (= sweet food). 我不吃甜食。
How does this stupid thing work? 这鬼东西怎么用?
things [ plural ]

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A1 UK your possessions or a particular set of your possessions

All their things were destroyed in the fire. 他们所有的东西都被大火烧掉了。
Bring your swimming things if the weather's nice. 如果天气好,带上你的游泳用品。

a particular set of objects

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

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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. 那样说是不友好的。
I've got so many things to do I don't know where to start. 我有许多事情要做,都不知道从何下手。
Your information is correct but you left out one thing. 你的消息是正确的,不过你遗漏了一件事。
"What's the matter?" "It's this insurance thing. I'm really worried about it." “怎么回事?”“是保险这事。我真的很担心。”
the thing [ C ]

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

The article was exactly the thing I needed for my research. 你的信里正好有我想了解的东西。
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. 火灾报警器常常瞎响,到时候真的着火时发警报也没有人会注意了。
the same thing

B1 the same

Training isn't the same thing as education. 培训与教育并不一样。
the whole thing

B2 everything that has been planned or discussed

Let's call the whole thing off. 此事就此作罢吧。
I want to forget the whole thing. 我想忘掉这一切。
above all things

more than everything else

I value my freedom above all things. 我把自由看得比什么都重要。
in all things

in every situation or subject; in everything

Be true to yourself in all things. 任何时候都要坚持按自己的想法做。
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,那就是他每个星期四下午到哪里去了。

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thing noun (SITUATION)

things B1 [ plural ]

used to refer to the general situation

Things have been going very well recently. 最近情况很好。
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. 幸好我们早订了票。
the way things are also as things stand

in the present situation

The way things are, I'll never have this ready by June. 从目前情况来看,6月份前我无法把这一切准备好。


a thing B1 [ S ]

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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. 什么事情也不要操心,我会料理好一切的。
not a (single) thing

B2 not anything

After the guests had gone, there wasn't a thing left to eat. 客人走后,吃的东西一点都没剩。
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. 我周六要去参加一个婚礼,可没有合适的衣服可穿。
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. 他不履行诺言,对此我们无计可施。

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. 我是乘飞机去的——我很少这样。
One thing you'll have to agree to is working in the evenings. 有件你必须同意的事,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写在这一页的上方。

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." “你为什么不跟我到纽约来?”“首先,我不喜欢坐飞机;再者,我买不起机票。”

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. 这些可怜的东西都被关在小笼子里,连动一动的空间都没有。
[ as form of address ] I can't believe you won - you lucky thing! 你这走运的家伙,竟然赢了一辆汽车。

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