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"fairly" in British English

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fairlyadverb

uk   /ˈfeə.li/ us   /ˈfer.li/
  • 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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(Definition of fairly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fairly" in American English

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fairlyadverb

us   /ˈfeər·li/
  • fairly adverb (IN THE RIGHT WAY)

in a way that is right or reasonable and treats people equally : It’s the responsibility of a judge to treat both sides fairly.
  • fairly adverb (TO SOME DEGREE)

[not gradable] more than a little; to some degree: I know him fairly well. I saw her fairly recently (= not very long ago).
(Definition of fairly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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