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fair

adjective  /feər/ us  

fair adjective (RIGHT)

[-er/-est only] treating someone in a way that is right or reasonable, or treating people equally and not allowing personal opinions to influence your judgment: All he asks is a fair chance to prove his innocence. I’m willing to do my fair share of the work (= equal part). [-er/-est only] If a game or competition is fair, it is done according to the rules: It was a fair fight. [-er/-est only] In some sports, esp. baseball, fair means within the playing field: The umpire ruled it a fair ball.

fair adjective (AVERAGE)

[not gradable] neither very good nor very bad: He’s good in physics but only fair in math.

fair adjective (LARGE)

[not gradable] large or great in comparison: We still had a fair amount of foreign money when we returned.

fair adjective (CORRECT)

[not gradable] likely to be correct; accurate: The architect’s drawing will give you a pretty fair idea of what the completed house will look like.

fair adjective (WEATHER)

fair adjective (PALE)

[-er/-est only] (of skin) pale, or (of hair) light in color: If you have fair skin, you’ll get a sunburn easily.

fair

noun [C]  /fer, fær/ us  

fair noun [C] (PUBLIC EVENT)

a public event, usually held outside, where goods and sometimes farm animals are shown and sold and where there is often food and entertainmentcounty/state fair A county/state fair is one where farm animals and products from that region are shown to compete for prizes and there is food and entertainment.street fair A street fair is one where a city street is closed to cars so that goods and food can be sold to people walking through it. A fair is also a show at which people who work in a particular industry meet to sell and advertise their products: a book/antiques/toy fair
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