Definition of “fine” - English Dictionary

“fine” in British English

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fineadjective

uk /faɪn/ us /faɪn/

fine adjective (SATISFACTORY)

A1 [ after verb ] good or good enough; healthy and well:

I felt terrible 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 your place at eight." "Fine. See you then."

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finenoun [ C ]

uk /faɪn/ us /faɪn/

B1 an amount of money that has to be paid as a punishment for not obeying a rule or law:

The maximum penalty for the offence is a $1,000 fine.
If found guilty, he faces six months in jail and a heavy (= severe) fine.

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fineverb [ T ]

uk /faɪn/ us /faɪn/

B2 to charge someone an amount of money as a punishment for not obeying a rule or law:

Drivers who exceed the speed limit can expect to be fined heavily.
[ + two objects ] They fined him £100 for using threatening behaviour.

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fineadverb

uk /faɪn/ us /faɪn/

(Definition of “fine” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“fine” in American English

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fineadjective, adverb [ not gradable ]

us /fɑɪn/

fine adjective, adverb [ not gradable ] (SATISFACTORY)

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/

fine adjective [ -er/-est only ] (EXCELLENT)

of excellent quality 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 opposite meaning to show that you are annoyed:

That’s a fine thing to say after all I’ve done for you.

fine adjective [ -er/-est only ] (THIN)

very thin or in very small grains or drops:

fine blond hair
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 found guilty, he faces six months in jail and a heavy fine.
fine
verb [ T ] us /fɑɪn/

They fined him $125 for driving through a red light.

(Definition of “fine” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“fine” in Business English

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finenoun [ C ]

uk /faɪn/ us 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.

fineverb [ T, often passive ]

uk /faɪn/ us 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 charged interest and fined up to £1,000 for late submission of their tax return.

fineadjective

uk /faɪn/ us

of very high quality:

a list of restaurants in the area that provide fine dining
a fine set of financial results

(Definition of “fine” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)