finer; finest

Definition of fine

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1a : all right that's fine with me
b : well or healthy : not sick or injured feel fine
2 : superior in kind, quality, or appearance : excellent a fine job a fine day fine wines
3a(1) : very thin in gauge or texture fine thread
(2) : not coarse fine sand
(3) : very small fine print
(4) : keen a knife with a fine edge
(5) : very precise or accurate a fine adjustment trying to be too fine with his pitches
b : physically trained or hardened close to the limit of efficiency used of an athlete or animal
4 : delicate, subtle, or sensitive in quality, perception, or discrimination a fine distinction
5a : ornate sense 1 fine writing
b : marked by or affecting elegance or refinement fine manners
6 used as an intensivethe leader, in a fine frenzy, beheaded one of his wives— Brian Crozier
7a : free from impurity
b of a metal : having a stated proportion of pure metal in the composition expressed in parts per thousand a gold coin .9166 fine

fine

adverb

Definition of fine (Entry 2 of 6)

1 : finely: such as
a : very well
2 : with a very narrow margin of time or space she had not intended to cut her escape so fine— Melinda Beck et al.
\ ˈfīn How to pronounce fine (audio) \

Definition of fine (Entry 3 of 6)

1a : a sum imposed as punishment for an offense The motorist had to pay a fine for speeding.
b : a forfeiture or penalty paid to an injured party in a civil action
2 : a compromise of a fictitious suit used as a form of conveyance of lands
3 obsolete : end, conclusion
in fine
: in short
fined; fining

Definition of fine (Entry 4 of 6)

transitive verb

: to impose a fine on : punish by a fine
fined; fining

Definition of fine (Entry 5 of 6)

transitive verb

1 : purify, clarify fine and filter wine
2 : to make finer in quality or size

intransitive verb

1 : to become pure or clear the ale will fine
2 : to become smaller in lines or proportions
fi·​ne | \ ˈfē-(ˌ)nā How to pronounce fine (audio) \

Definition of fine (Entry 6 of 6)

: end used as a direction in music to mark the closing point after a repeat

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Other Words from fine

Adjective

fineness \ ˈfīn-​nəs How to pronounce fineness (audio) \ noun

Examples of fine in a Sentence

Adjective “Is there anything wrong?” “No, everything's fine.” The house looks fine to me. I think that's a fine idea. You did a fine job. The house is in fine shape. This is a fine example of what can go wrong when one person is given too much power. He's a fine young man. “Did you hurt yourself?” “No, I'm fine.” Adverb She did fine on the test. My mother is doing fine, thank you. This'll do fine for now. She talks and walks so fine, just like a great lady.
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First Known Use of fine

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 7a

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb (1)

circa 1513, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1740, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fine

Adjective

Middle English fin, fyne "of choice quality, superior, admirable, free from impurity, delicate," borrowed from Anglo-French fin, going back to Gallo-Romance *fīnus "extreme, ultimate," adjective derivative of Latin fīnis "boundary, limit, ending" — more at final entry 1

Adverb

Middle English fyne, derivative of fin, fyne fine entry 1

Noun (1)

Middle English fin, fyne "end, conclusion, final legal settlement relating to alienation of property, fee paid to complete a legal conveyance, money paid in lieu of judicial punishment," borrowed from Anglo-French fin, going back to Latin fīnis "boundary, limit, terminal point, ending" (Medieval Latin also, "legal settlement, agreement involving payment, payment in lieu of punishment") — more at final entry 1

Verb (1)

in part derivative of fine entry 3, in part continuing Middle English finen "to pay a fine," borrowed from Anglo-French finer "to pay as a fine, make a payment," verbal derivative of fin fine entry 3

Verb (2)

Middle English finen, derivative of fin, fyne fine entry 1

Noun (2)

borrowed from Italian, going back to Latin fīnis "boundary, limit, ending" — more at final entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of fine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: good, acceptable, or satisfactory
used in an ironic way to refer to things that are not good or acceptable
: very good

fine

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of fine (Entry 2 of 2)

somewhat informal
: not badly or poorly : well enough
: in an elegant and graceful way
: in small pieces

fine

noun
\ ˈfīn How to pronounce fine (audio) \

Kids Definition of fine

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: a sum of money to be paid as a punishment

fine

verb
fined; fining

Kids Definition of fine (Entry 2 of 4)

: to punish by requiring payment of a sum of money
finer; finest

Kids Definition of fine (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : very good in quality or appearance a fine swimmer a fine garden
2 : satisfactory That's fine with me.
3 : very small or thin fine print
4 : made up of very small pieces fine sand

Other Words from fine

finely adverb finely dressedfinely ground pepper

fine

adverb

Kids Definition of fine (Entry 4 of 4)

: very well I'm doing fine.
\ ˈfīn How to pronounce fine (audio) \
finer; finest

Medical Definition of fine

of bodily tremors
: of slight excursion

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fine

noun

Legal Definition of fine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a sum imposed as punishment for an offense — compare restitution
2 : a forfeiture or penalty paid to an injured party in a civil action
fined; fining

Legal Definition of fine (Entry 2 of 2)

: to impose a fine on : punish by fine

History and Etymology for fine

Noun

Anglo-French fin, fine & Medieval Latin finis end, boundary, agreement, payment for release or privilege, monetary penalty, from Latin finis end, boundary

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