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fine

noun \ ˈfīn \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018
1 obsolete : end, conclusion
2 : a compromise of a fictitious suit used as a form of conveyance of lands
3 a : a sum imposed as punishment for an offense
  • The motorist had to pay a fine for speeding.
b : a forfeiture or penalty paid to an injured party in a civil action
in fine
: in short

Origin and Etymology of fine

Middle English fin, fyne "end, conclusion, final legal settlement relating to alienation of property, fee paid to complete a legal conveyance, money paid in lieu of judicial punishment," borrowed from Anglo-French fin, going back to Latin fīnis "boundary, limit, terminal point, ending" (Medieval Latin also, "legal settlement, agreement involving payment, payment in lieu of punishment") — more at 1final

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fine

verb
fined; fining
: to impose a fine on : punish by a fine

Origin and Etymology of fine

in part derivative of 1fine, in part continuing Middle English finen "to pay a fine," borrowed from Anglo-French finer "to pay as a fine, make a payment," verbal derivative of fin 1fine

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fine

adjective
finer; finest
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 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 : delicate, subtle, or sensitive in quality, perception, or discrimination
  • a fine distinction
4 : superior in kind, quality, or appearance : excellent
  • a fine job
  • a fine day
  • fine wines
5 a : ornate 1
  • fine writing
b : marked by or affecting elegance or refinement
  • fine manners
6 a : well or healthy : not sick or injured
  • feel fine
b : all right
  • that's fine with me
7 used as an intensive
  • the leader, in a fine frenzy, beheaded one of his wives
  • —Brian Crozier

fineness

play \ˈfīn-nəs\ noun

Examples of fine in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of fine

Middle English fin, fyne "of choice quality, superior, admirable, free from impurity, delicate" borrowed from Anglo-French fin, going back to Gallo-Romance *fīnus "extreme, ultimate," adjective derivative of Latin fīnis "boundary, limit, ending" — more at 1final

fine Synonyms

Phrases

up to snuff;


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fine

adverb
1 : finely: such as
a : very well
b : all right
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 in a Sentence

  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.

Origin and Etymology of fine

Middle English fyne, derivative of fin, fyne 3fine

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fine

verb
fined; fining
1 : purify, clarify
  • fine and filter wine
2 : to make finer in quality or size
1 : to become pure or clear
  • the ale will fine
2 : to become smaller in lines or proportions

Origin and Etymology of fine

Middle English finen, derivative of fin, fyne 3fine

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fine

noun fi·ne \ ˈfē-(ˌ)nā \
: end used as a direction in music to mark the closing point after a repeat

Origin and Etymology of fine

borrowed from Italian, going back to Latin fīnis "boundary, limit, ending" — more at 1final


FINE Defined for English Language Learners

fine

  • : good, acceptable, or satisfactory

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

  • : very good


fine

  • : not badly or poorly : well enough

  • : in an elegant and graceful way

  • : in small pieces


FINE Defined for Kids

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fine

noun \ ˈfīn \
: a sum of money to be paid as a punishment

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fine

verb
fined; fining
: to punish by requiring payment of a sum of money

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fine

adjective
finer; finest
1 : very good in quality or appearance
  • a fine swimmer
  • a fine garden
2 : satisfactory
  • That's fine with me.
3 : very small or thin
  • fine print
4 : made up of very small pieces
  • fine sand

finely

adverb
  • finely dressed
  • finely ground pepper

fineness

noun

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fine

adverb
: very well
  • I'm doing fine.

Medical Dictionary

fine

adjective \ ˈfīn \
finer; finest
of bodily tremors
: of slight excursion

Law Dictionary

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fine

noun
1 : a sum imposed as punishment for an offense — compare restitution
2 : a forfeiture or penalty paid to an injured party in a civil action

Origin and Etymology of fine

Anglo-French fin, fine & Medieval Latin finis end, boundary, agreement, payment for release or privilege, monetary penalty, from Latin finis end, boundary

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fine

transitive verb
fined; fining
: to impose a fine on : punish by fine


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