fine·​ly | \ ˈfīn-lē How to pronounce finely (audio) \

Definition of finely

: in a fine manner: such as
a : extremely well : excellently plays the hero very finelyNew Yorker
b : with close discrimination : precisely
c : with delicacy or subtlety : sensitively a leader finely attuned to the needs of the people
d : minutely finely ground meal

Examples of finely in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Add finely chopped yellow onion and garlic; cook 5 minutes or until softened. Casey Barber, Better Homes & Gardens, "Road Trip Eats: Recipes Inspired By Route 66," 26 June 2020 Repeat the pulsing and scraping about 5 more times, until the ingredients are finely minced. Susan Puckett, ajc, "Tortillas get the star treatment," 17 June 2020 The cutting system has two blades stacked together to finely mulch your clippings. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Here’s a handy list of gifts and gadgets for Father’s Day," 11 June 2020 Stir 1 cup chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate into the batter. cleveland, "Tired of banana bread but still want to bake? Try fluffy muffins instead," 8 June 2020 Around-town driving is supremely civilized, with finely modulated throttle tip-in and stop-and-go manners. Dan Neil, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2003 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Takes Fast SUVs to New Heights," 2 June 2020 This might seem like an obvious one, but finely ground coffee can be substituted for powdered espresso. USA Today, "Cooking during coronavirus? Best substitutes for recipe ingredients such as milk, eggs or oil," 2 June 2020 Set 12 hazelnuts aside for the filling; finely chop remaining nuts. The Bon Appétit Staff, Bon Appétit, "Claire Makes Even Gourmet-ier Ferrero Rocher Hazelnut Chocolates," 28 May 2020 Add cracked black pepper and Parmigiano-Reggiano, finely chopped tender herbs or chocolate chips for a little complexity. Margaux Laskey, New York Times, "21 Quarantine Baking Recipes for Every Skill Level," 7 May 2020

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First Known Use of finely

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of finely was circa 1552

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1 Jul 2020

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“Finely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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