fine1 [ faın ] adjective ***
1. ) if something is fine, it is good enough and acceptable to you:
Is your room all right? Yes, fine, thanks.
Is it okay if we join you later? Yes, that's fine.
fine for: I'm not very hungry. A sandwich will be fine for me.
fine by someone (=acceptable to someone): If that's what he wants, that's fine by me.
a ) of very good quality:
one of the city's finest Victorian buildings
She has a remarkably fine singing voice.
fine clothes/food/wine
b ) a fine person is good and honest:
Mr. Fox was a very fine man.
c ) if you are fine, your health is good and you have no problems:
How are you? Fine, thanks.
Sarah's been very sick, but she's fine now.
Your blood pressure is absolutely fine.
d ) if the weather is fine, it is sunny and not raining:
a fine afternoon for a picnic
We'll go to the beach tomorrow if the weather's fine.
2. ) very thin and narrow, not thick or heavy:
I have very fine hair.
Everything was covered in a fine layer of dust.
The rain had slowed to a fine drizzle.
a ) a fine substance is made up of very small pieces:
fine sand/gravel/soil
b ) if someone has fine features, their eyes, nose, etc. look small and delicate:
an attractive girl with fine features
c ) fine details are small and sometimes difficult to notice:
It seems a very fine distinction to make.
fine details/points: He spent hours explaining the finer details of the plan.
a fine figure of a man/woman
a man or woman with a strong attractive body
a fine line between
if there is a fine line between two things, they seem very similar and it is difficult to see a difference between them:
There's a very fine line between personal ambition and ruthlessness.
finer feelings
your finer feelings are feelings such as love, loyalty, and care for others:
Matthew knows how to appeal to people's finer feelings.
not to put too fine a point on it
used before saying something in a very direct way that may seem rude:
Emily is, not to put too fine a point on it, a liar.
fine 2 [ faın ] adverb INFORMAL **
in a way that is acceptable and good enough:
My car's running fine now.
Don't worry if you can't work as quickly as the others, you're doing fine.
do (someone) fine (=be enough for someone): A bowl of soup will do me fine.
cut it fine
to leave only just enough time to complete something or arrive somewhere
fine 3 [ faın ] noun count **
an amount of money that you have to pay because you have broken the law:
He had to pay a hefty fine.
I got a $100 fine for speeding.
Companies could face fines of up to $100,000.
The court has the right to impose heavy fines.
fine 4 [ faın ] verb transitive *
to make someone pay an amount of money as punishment for breaking the law:
fine someone for (doing) something: She was fined for speeding.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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