Meaning of FINE in English


(~r, ~st)

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


You use ~ to describe something that you admire and think is very good.

There is a ~ view of the countryside...

This is a ~ book.

...London’s ~st art deco cinema.

ADJ: usu ADJ n


They are ~ly engineered boats.

ADV: ADV -ed


If you say that you are ~, you mean that you are in good health or reasonably happy.

Lina is ~ and sends you her love and best wishes.

ADJ: v-link ADJ


If you say that something is ~, you mean that it is satisfactory or acceptable.

The skiing is ~...

Everything was going to be just ~...

It’s ~ to ask questions as we go along, but it’s better if you wait until we have finished.

ADJ: usu v-link ADJ, oft it v-link ADJ to-inf

Fine is also an adverb.

All the instruments are working ~.



You say ‘~’ or ‘that’s ~’ to show that you do not object to an arrangement, action, or situation that has been suggested.

If competition is the best way to achieve it, then, ~...

If you don’t want to give it to me, that’s ~, I don’t mind...



Something that is ~ is very delicate, narrow, or small.

The heat scorched the ~ hairs on her arms...

? coarse

ADJ: usu ADJ n


Chop the ingredients ~ly and mix them together.

? coarsely

ADV: ADV with v


Fine objects or clothing are of good quality, delicate, and expensive.

We waited in our ~ clothes...

ADJ: usu ADJ n


A ~ detail or distinction is very delicate, small, or exact.

The market likes the broad outline but is reserving judgment on the ~ detail.

ADJ: usu ADJ n


They had to take the ~ly balanced decision to let the visit proceed...

ADV: usu ADV -ed, also ADV after v


...a sense of quality and ~ness of detail.

N-UNCOUNT: oft N of n


A ~ person is someone you consider good, moral, and worth admiring.

He was an excellent journalist and a very ~ man.

ADJ: usu ADJ n approval


When the weather is ~, the sun is shining and it is not raining.

He might be doing a spot of gardening if the weather is ~.



(~s, fining, ~d)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A ~ is a punishment in which a person is ordered to pay a sum of money because they have done something illegal or broken a rule.



If someone is ~d, they are punished by being ordered to pay a sum of money because they have done something illegal or broken a rule.

She was ~d ?300 and banned from driving for one month...

An east London school has set a precedent by fining pupils who break the rules.

VERB: be V-ed, V n

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