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fineadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /fɑɪn/
very good or very well; ​satisfactory or ​satisfactorily: I was ​sick last ​night, but I ​feel fine this ​morning. The ​apartments are very ​small, which is fine if you’re ​single. The ​car was ​working fine ​yesterday. "Is something ​wrong?" "No, everything’s just fine, ​thanks."

fineadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /fɑɪn/
of ​excellentquality or much ​better than ​average: Although still ​young, he is already a fine ​musician. We had ​lunch in one of the city’s finest ​restaurants. Fine is sometimes used with an ​oppositemeaning to show that you are ​annoyed: That’s a fine thing to say after all I’ve done for you.
very ​thin or in very ​smallgrains or ​drops: fine ​blondhair The ​paint comes out of the can in a fine ​spray. She has her mother’s fine (= ​delicate and ​beautiful)features.

finenoun [C]

 us   /fɑɪn/
  • fine noun [C] (PUNISHMENT)

an ​amount of ​money that has to be ​paid as a ​punishment for not ​obeying a ​rule or ​law: If ​foundguilty, he ​faces six ​months in ​jail and a ​heavy fine.
fine
verb [T]  us   /fɑɪn/
They fined him $125 for ​driving through a ​redlight.
(Definition of fine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"fine" in British English

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fineadjective

uk   us   /faɪn/
  • fine adjective (SATISFACTORY)

A1 [after verb] good or good enough; ​healthy and well: I ​feltterrible last ​night but I ​feel fine this ​morning. The ​apartments are very ​small, which is fine for one ​person. "Are you all ​right?" "Everything's just fine, ​thanks." "I'll come to ​yourplace at eight." "Fine. ​See you then."

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  • fine adjective (EXCELLENT)

B2 excellent or much ​better than ​average: purveyors of fine ​wines and ​gourmetfood The world's finest ​collection of ​Impressionistpaintings is ​housed in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. This ​building is the finest ​example of ​itstype.

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  • fine adjective (THIN)

C2 very ​thin or in very ​smallpieces or ​drops: The baby's ​head was ​covered in fine ​blondhair. The ​eruption had ​covered the ​town with a fine ​layer of ​ash. Apply a fine ​line of ​highlighter along the ​middle of ​yourtoplip. She has ​inherited her mother's fine (= ​delicate and ​beautiful) features.

finenoun [C]

uk   us   /faɪn/
B1 an ​amount of ​money that has to be ​paid as a ​punishment for not ​obeying a ​rule or ​law: The ​maximumpenalty for the ​offence is a $1,000 fine. If ​foundguilty, he ​faces six ​months in ​jail and a heavy (= ​severe) fine.

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fineverb [T]

uk   us   /faɪn/
B2 to ​charge someone an ​amount of ​money as a ​punishment for not ​obeying a ​rule or ​law: Drivers who ​exceed the ​speedlimit can ​expect to be fined ​heavily. [+ two objects] They fined him £100 for using ​threateningbehaviour.

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fineadverb

uk   us   /faɪn/
B2 in a ​satisfactory way: "Will a ​loan of $500 be ​sufficient?" "That will suit me fine." It was ​working fine ​yesterday.

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(Definition of fine from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fine" in Business English

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finenoun [C]

uk   us   /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 ​federaloffense and ​carries prison ​terms of up to 15 ​years and up to $5,000 in fines.a heavy/stiff fine The new ​statelawcarries 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 ​illegalimmigrants 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.

fineverb [T, often passive]

uk   us   /faɪn/ LAW
to make someone ​pay an ​amount of ​money as a punishment for not obeying a ​law or ​rule: The Financial Services Authority fined the ​bank a ​record £1m.be fined £100/$75,000, etc. (for sth) Individuals can be ​chargedinterest and fined up to £1,000 for late ​submission of their ​taxreturn.

fineadjective

uk   us   /faɪn/
of very high ​quality: a ​list of ​restaurants in the ​area that ​provide fine dining a fine set of ​financialresults
(Definition of fine from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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