fine1 W1S1 [faın] adj
3¦(very good)¦
10 a fine man/woman etc
11 a fine line between something and something
12 get something down to a fine art
13 not to put too fine a point on it
14 finer feelings
15 a fine figure of a man/woman
16 somebody's finest hour
[Date: 1200-1300; : French; Origin: fin, from Latin finire; FINISH1]
1.) ¦(ACCEPTABLE)¦ [not before noun]
especially spoken satisfactory or acceptable
= ↑OK
'We're meeting at 8.30.' 'Okay, fine.'
looks/seems/sounds fine
In theory, the scheme sounds fine.
If you want to use cheese instead of chicken, that's fine .
'Do you want chili sauce on it?' 'No, it's fine as it is , thanks.'
I'm fine (thanks/thank you)
spoken (=used when telling someone that you do not want any more when they offer you something)
'More coffee?' 'No, I'm fine , thanks.'
that's fine by me/that's fine with me etc
spoken (=used when saying that you do not mind about something)
If Scott wanted to keep his life secret, that was fine by her.
2.) ¦(HEALTHY)¦
in good health
= ↑OK
'How are you?' 'Fine, thanks, how are you?'
I feel fine , really.
3.) ¦(VERY GOOD)¦ [usually before noun]
very good or of a very high standard
Many people regard Beethoven's fifth symphony as his finest work.
He's a very fine player.
It's a fine idea.
Hatfield House is a fine example of Jacobean architecture.
The restaurant was chosen for its good food and fine wines .
4.) ¦(WEATHER)¦
bright and not raining
If it's fine tomorrow we'll go out.
a fine day/morning/evening
I hope it stays fine for you.
5.) ¦(NARROW)¦
very thin or narrow
Fine needles are inserted in the arm.
a fine thread
very fine hairs
6.) ¦(DELICATE)¦ [usually before noun]
attractive, neat, and delicate
fine china
Her dark hair accentuates her fine features (=nose, eyes, cheeks etc) .
7.) ¦(SMALL)¦
a) fine details, changes, differences etc are very small and therefore difficult to understand or notice
We stayed up discussing the finer points of Marxist theory.
b) in small grains, pieces, or drops
A fine drizzle started falling.
a mixture of fine and coarse breadcrumbs
c) fine material is made so that the spaces between the threads are very small
fine netting
scarlet cloth with a very fine weave
8.) ¦(BAD)¦ [only before noun]
especially spoken used humorously to say that someone or something is bad in some way
That's another fine mess (=bad situation) he's got himself into.
You're a fine one to talk (=you are criticizing someone for something you do yourself) .
sounding important and impressive, but probably not true or honest
Only time will tell whether these fine sentiments will translate into action.
10.) a fine man/woman etc
a good person that you respect
Your father is a fine man, a real gentleman.
11.) a fine line between sth and sth
if you say that there is a fine line between two different things, you mean that they are so similar that one can easily become the other
There's a fine line between bravery and recklessness.
12.) get sth down to a fine art
to practise something so often that you become very skilled at it
Mike had got the breakfast routine down to a fine art.
13.) not to put too fine a point on it informal
used when you are criticizing something in a plain and direct way
That's a real ' pub, not to put too fine a point on it.
14.) finer feelings
someone's finer feelings are the moral values they have, such as love, honour, loyalty etc
You can hardly expect such finer feelings in a thief.
15.) a fine figure of a man/woman
literary someone who looks big, strong, and physically attractive
In his portrait, Donlevy is a fine figure of a man.
16.) sb's finest hour
a time when someone is very successful, brave etc
The tournament proved to be Gascoigne's finest hour.
chance would be a fine thing atchance1 (12)
fine 2
fine2 adv
1.) especially spoken in a way that is satisfactory or acceptable
'How's it going?' 'Fine, thanks.'
The dress fitted me fine.
If I had a good job and my boyfriend stayed at home, that'd suit me fine (=be very acceptable to me) .
2.) do finespoken
a) to be satisfactory or acceptable
'Something very light,' he ordered. 'An omelette will do fine.'
b) to do something well or in a satisfactory way
Don't worry, you're doing fine. Keep at it.
c) to be healthy and well
'How's your husband?' 'He's doing fine, thank you.'
3.) if you cut something fine, you cut it into very small or very thin pieces
= ↑finely
4.) cut it/things fine informal
to leave yourself only just enough time to do something
fine 3
fine3 v [T]
to make someone pay money as a punishment
fine sb for (doing) sth
She was fined for speeding.
fine sb £200/$500 etc
The club was fined £50,000 for financial irregularities.
fine 4
fine4 n
[Date: 1200-1300; : French; Origin: fin, from Latin finis 'end']
money that you have to pay as a punishment
a £40 fine
pay a fine/pay £100/$50 etc in fines
She was ordered to pay £150 in parking fines, plus court costs.
Councils will get sweeping powers to impose fines on drivers who park illegally.
heavy/hefty fine
(=a large fine)
If convicted, the men face heavy fines.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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