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Meaning of “fairly” in the English Dictionary

"fairly" in British English

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fairlyadverb

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 ​rightaddress. We get on fairly well. I ​saw her fairly ​recently. UK literary used to ​emphasize figurativeexpressions 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 ​treatspeopleequally: 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.
(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 ​treatspeopleequally : 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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