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 The dish was presented with a sauceboat of oil, parsley, and finely chopped garlic. WSJ, 14 June 2021 Add the cabbage and salt and pulse 4 to 5 times, or until the cabbage is finely chopped. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 In a food processor, pulse pecans, flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon until pecans are finely chopped. Kristina Kurek, Good Housekeeping, 9 June 2021 Make the pesto: In the bowl of a food processor, combine the basil, 1/4 cup of pine nuts, the garlic and salt and pulse until the basil is finely chopped and the garlic and pine nuts are minced (about 15 pulses). Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Place the 2 cups malt balls in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped (about 30 times). Elise Taylor, Vogue, 27 May 2021 He is less consistently recognized as one of the medium’s great foodies, someone whose camera lingers, lovingly if unobtrusively, on images of pork being finely chopped and dumplings being folded and steamed. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 Ingredients Salt, to taste ½ garlic clove, smashed and finely diced 1 tsp. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2021 Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it's finely chopped, but not a uniform paste. Star Tribune, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of finely

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jun 2021

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“Finely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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