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English definition of “fine”

fine

noun [C]     /faɪn/ LAW
an amount of money that someone has to pay as a punishment for not obeying a law or rule : Copying cash is a federal offense and carries prison terms of up to 15 years and up to $5,000 in fines.a heavy/stiff fine The new state law carries with it heavy fines for teens caught with cigarettes . Bank officers said the decision to pay the fine would not affect its plans to pay off the loans within two years .be subject to/face a fine Employers can face fines and other sanctions for hiring any of the 8 to 10 million illegal immigrants who are estimated to live in this country .get/incur a fine If you go to court you could get a fine of up to a thousand dollars .hand out/impose a fine There has been a proposal to impose fines for late completion of work . Police can hand out on-the-spot fines to drunks .
(Definition of fine noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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