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fine

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noun \ˈfīn\

Definition of fine

  1. 1 obsolete :  end, conclusion

  2. 2 :  a compromise of a fictitious suit used as a form of conveyance of lands

  3. 3 a :  a sum imposed as punishment for an offense b :  a forfeiture or penalty paid to an injured party in a civil action

in fine
  1. :  in short



Origin of fine

Middle English, from Anglo-French fin, fine, from Latin finis boundary, end


First Known Use: 13th century


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fine

verb

Definition of fine

finedfin·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to impose a fine on :  punish by a fine



1559

First Known Use of fine

1559


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fine

adjective

Simple Definition of fine

  • : good, acceptable, or satisfactory

  • —used in an ironic way to refer to things that are not good or acceptable

  • : very good

Full Definition of fine

fin·erfin·est

  1. 1 a :  free from impurity b of a metal :  having a stated proportion of pure metal in the composition expressed in parts per thousand <a gold coin .9166 fine>

  2. 2 a (1) :  very thin in gauge or texture <fine thread> (2) :  not coarse <fine sand> (3) :  very small <fine print> (4) :  keen <a knife with a fine edge> (5) :  very precise or accurate <a fine adjustment> <trying to be too fine with his pitches> b :  physically trained or hardened close to the limit of efficiency —used of an athlete or animal

  3. 3 :  delicate, subtle, or sensitive in quality, perception, or discrimination <a fine distinction>

  4. 4 :  superior in kind, quality, or appearance :  excellent <a fine job> <a fine day> <fine wines>

  5. 5 a :  ornate 1 <fine writing> b :  marked by or affecting elegance or refinement <fine manners>

  6. 6 a :  very well <feel fine> b :  all right <that's fine with me>

  7. 7 —used as an intensive <the leader, in a fine frenzy, beheaded one of his wives — Brian Crozier>

fine·ness play \ˈfīn-nəs\ noun

Examples of fine

  1. Is there anything wrong? No, everything's fine.

  2. The house looks fine to me.

  3. I think that's a fine idea.

  4. You did a fine job.

  5. The house is in fine shape.

  6. This is a fine example of what can go wrong when one person is given too much power.

  7. He's a fine young man.

  8. Did you hurt yourself? No, I'm fine.



Origin of fine

Middle English fin, from Anglo-French, from Latin finis, noun, end, limit


First Known Use: 13th century


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fine

adverb

Simple Definition of fine

  • : not badly or poorly : well enough

  • : in an elegant and graceful way

  • : in small pieces

Full Definition of fine

  1. 1 :  finely: as a :  very well b :  all right

  2. 2 :  with a very narrow margin of time or space <she had not intended to cut her escape so fine — Melinda Beck et al.>

Examples of fine

  1. She did fine on the test.

  2. My mother is doing fine, thank you.

  3. This'll do fine for now.

  4. She talks and walks so fine, just like a great lady.



14th Century

First Known Use of fine

14th century


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fine

verb

Definition of fine

finedfin·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  purify, clarify <fine and filter wine>

  3. 2 :  to make finer in quality or size

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become pure or clear <the ale will fine>

  6. 2 :  to become smaller in lines or proportions



14th Century

First Known Use of fine

14th century


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fine

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noun fi·ne \ˈfē-(ˌ)nā\

Definition of fine

  1. :  end —used as a direction in music to mark the closing point after a repeat



Origin of fine

Italian, from Latin finis end


First Known Use: circa 1798



FINE Defined for Kids

1

fine

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noun \ˈfīn\

Definition of fine

  1. :  a sum of money to be paid as a punishment




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fine

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verb

Definition of fine

finedfin·ing

  1. :  to punish by requiring payment of a sum of money




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fine

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adjective

Definition of fine

fin·erfin·est

  1. 1 :  very good in quality or appearance <a fine swimmer> <a fine garden>

  2. 2 :  satisfactory <That's fine with me.>

  3. 3 :  very small or thin <fine print>

  4. 4 :  made up of very small pieces <fine sand>

fine·ly adverb <finely dressed> <finely ground pepper>
fine·ness noun



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fine

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adverb

Definition of fine

  1. :  very well <I'm doing fine.>




Medical Dictionary

fine

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adjective \ˈfīn\

Medical Definition of fine

fin·erfin·est

  1. of bodily tremors :  of slight excursion





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