fine·​ly | \ ˈfīn-lē \

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

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In a 1-quart jar, shake ¼ very small onion (finely chopped), 2 Tbsp each red wine vinegar and olive oil, and pinch each salt and pepper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Marinated Chickpea Greek Salad," 23 Jan. 2019 This is a new style of weaponry: finely crafted, relatively flat spear points no thicker than an envelope, which required unique skills, and therefore stand out in the record. National Geographic, "When, How Did the First Americans Arrive? It’s Complicated.," 9 June 2018 Pass through the meat-grinder attachment of a stand mixer or chop finely. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "What Your Holiday Table Has Been Missing," 12 Dec. 2018 Toss ¼ cup finely chopped crystallized ginger with flour. Adina Steiman, WSJ, "This Holiday Season’s Smartest Cookie," 5 Dec. 2018 Add red pepper, yellow pepper, and finely chopped fresh ginger and cook, tossing frequently, 5 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pot Sticker Stir-Fry," 28 Nov. 2018 Pulse remaining cranberries in a food processor until finely chopped, 10 to 15 times; transfer to a bowl. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Cranberry Crumb Bars," 30 Oct. 2018 Process until figs are finely chopped and mixture resembles thick peanut butter. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "3 Father's Day Cupcakes To Match His Favorite Drink," 14 June 2016 As its name indicates, pepper spray consists of finely ground peppers suspended in alcohol. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Fox News downplays pepper spray as akin to a condiment. Again.," 26 Nov. 2018

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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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