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: in a fine manner: such as
: extremely well : excellently
plays the hero very finely —New Yorker
: with close discrimination : precisely
: with delicacy or subtlety : sensitively
a leader finely attuned to the needs of the people
finely ground meal
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circa 1552, in the meaning defined above
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characteristic trappings or dress
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