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adverb uk   /ˈfeə.li/ us    /ˈfer-/

fairly adverb (QUITE)

B1 more than average, but less than very: She's fairly tall. I'm fairly sure that this is the right address. We get on fairly well. I saw her fairly recently. UK literary used to emphasize figurative expressions that describe what people or objects are doing: The answer fairly jumps off the page at you! The dog fairly flew out of the door to greet him.
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fairly adverb (IN THE RIGHT WAY)

B2 If you do something fairly, you do it in a way that is right and reasonable and treats people equally: He claimed that he hadn't been treated fairly by his employers. Officials will ensure that the election is carried out fairly.fairly and squarely UK ( US squarely) completely: She lays the blame for the recession fairly and squarely on the government.
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