curiosity

curiosity curi∙os∙ity noun (pl. -ies) 1. [U, sing.] curiosity (about sth) | curiosity (to do sth) a strong desire to know about sth • 好奇心;求知欲:
»Children show curiosity about everything.
儿童对一切事物都显露出好奇心。
»a certain curiosity to see what would happen next
有点想知道下一步会发生什么事的好奇心
»The letter wasnˈt addressed to me but I opened it out of curiosity.
那封信不是写给我的,然而我却出于好奇把它拆开了。
»His answer did not satisfy my curiosity at all.
他的答覆丝毫没有满足我的好奇心。
»Sophieˈs curiosity was aroused by the mysterious phone call.
那个神秘的电话引起了索菲的好奇心。
»intellectual curiosity
求知欲
»ˈWhy do you ask?ˈ ˈOh, just idle curiosity (= no particular reason).ˈ
"你为什么要问?" "哦,不为什么,只是好奇而已。"
2. an unusual and interesting thing • 罕见而有趣之物;奇物;珍品:
»The museum is full of historical curiosities.
这座博物馆有许多珍奇历史文物。
【IDIOMS】 curiosity killed the ˈcat • (saying) used to tell sb not to ask questions or try to find out about things that do not concern them • 好奇心能要猫的命(让人别提问或打听与己无关的事情);好管闲事;自找麻烦
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[ˏkjuәri'ɔsiti]
n. 好奇心

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