Meaning of FAIR in English

FAIR

(~er, ~est, ~s)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

1.

Something or someone that is ~ is reasonable, right, and just.

It didn’t seem ~ to leave out her father...

Do you feel they’re paying their ~ share?...

Independent observers say the campaign’s been very much ~er than expected...

An appeals court had ruled that they could not get a ~ trial in Los Angeles.

ADJ: oft it v-link ADJ to-inf

~ly

...demonstrating concern for employees and solving their problems quickly and ~ly...

In a society where water was precious, it had to be shared ~ly between individuals.

ADV: usu ADV after v, also ADV -ed

2.

A ~ amount, degree, size, or distance is quite a large amount, degree, size, or distance.

My neighbours across the street travel a ~ amount...

My mother’s brother lives a ~ distance away so we don’t see him and his family very often.

ADJ: ADJ n

3.

A ~ guess or idea about something is one that is likely to be correct.

It’s a ~ guess to say that the damage will be extensive...

I have a ~ idea of how difficult things can be.

= reasonable

ADJ: ADJ n

4.

If you describe someone or something as ~, you mean that they are average in standard or quality, neither very good nor very bad.

Reimar had a ~ command of English.

= adequate

ADJ

5.

Someone who is ~, or who has ~ hair, has light-coloured hair.

Both children were very like Robina, but were much ~er than she was.

ADJ

Fair is also a combining form.

...a tall, ~-haired Englishman.

COMB in ADJ

6.

Fair skin is very pale and usually burns easily.

It’s important to protect my ~ skin from the sun.

ADJ

Fair is also a combining form.

Fair-skinned people who spend a great deal of time in the sun have the greatest risk of skin cancer.

COMB in ADJ

7.

When the weather is ~, it is quite sunny and not raining. (FORMAL)

Weather conditions were ~.

= fine

ADJ

8.

A county, state, or country ~ is an event where there are, for example, displays of goods and animals, and amusements, games, and competitions.

N-COUNT: usu n N

9.

A ~ is an event at which people display and sell goods, especially goods of a particular type.

...an antiques ~.

N-COUNT: oft n N

see also craft ~ , trade ~

10.

You use ~ enough when you want to say that a statement, decision, or action seems reasonable to a certain extent, but that perhaps there is more to be said or done. (mainly SPOKEN)

If you don’t like it, ~ enough, but that’s hardly a justification to attack the whole thing...

PHRASE: PHR with cl

11.

If you say that someone plays ~, you mean that they behave or act in a reasonable and honest way.

The government is not playing ~, one union official told me.

PHRASE: V inflects

12.

If you say that someone won a competition ~ and square, you mean that they won honestly and without cheating.

There are no excuses. We were beaten ~ and square.

PHRASE: PHR after v

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