fine·​ly ˈfīn-lē How to pronounce finely (audio)
: in a fine manner: such as
: extremely well : excellently
plays the hero very finelyNew Yorker
: with close discrimination : precisely
: with delicacy or subtlety : sensitively
a leader finely attuned to the needs of the people
: minutely
finely ground meal

Examples of finely in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of finely was circa 1552

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“Finely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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