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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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