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adj. fin•er, fin•est, adj.
n., v. fined, fin•ing. n.
Fine is usually an adjective, but in conversation you can also use it as an adverb. Fine has three main meanings.
You can use it to say that something is very good or impressive.
When you use fine like this, you can use words such as very or extremely in front of it.
You can't use fine as an adverb with this meaning, but you can use the adverb finely in front of an -ed participle.
You can also use fine to say that something is satisfactory or acceptable.
If you say that you are fine, you mean that your health is satisfactory.
When you use fine to mean 'satisfactory', don't use 'very' in front of it. However, you can use just.
In conversation, you can use fine as an adverb to mean 'satisfactorily' or 'well'.
Don't use 'finely' in sentences like these. Don't say, for example, 'We got on finely'.
You can also use fine to say that something is very narrow, or consists of very small or narrow parts.
When you use fine like this, you can use words such as very in front of it.
You can use finely as an adverb with this meaning.
Past participle: fined
|Noun||1.||fine - money extracted as a penalty |
penalty - a payment required for not fulfilling a contract
library fine - fine imposed by a library on books that overdue when returned
|Verb||1.||fine - issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty; "I was fined for parking on the wrong side of the street"; "Move your car or else you will be ticketed!"|
book - record a charge in a police register; "The policeman booked her when she tried to solicit a man"
amerce - punish by a fine imposed arbitrarily by the discretion of the court
|Adj.||1.||fine - being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition; "an all-right movie"; "the passengers were shaken up but are all right"; "is everything all right?"; "everything's fine"; "things are okay"; "dinner and the movies had been fine"; "another minute I'd have been fine"|
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
satisfactory - giving satisfaction; "satisfactory living conditions"; "his grades were satisfactory"
|2.||fine - minutely precise especially in differences in meaning; "a fine distinction"|
precise - sharply exact or accurate or delimited; "a precise mind"; "specified a precise amount"; "arrived at the precise moment"
|3.||fine - thin in thickness or diameter; "a fine film of oil"; "fine hairs"; "read the fine print"|
thin - of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section; "thin wire"; "a thin chiffon blouse"; "a thin book"; "a thin layer of paint"
|4.||fine - characterized by elegance or refinement or accomplishment; "fine wine"; "looking fine in her Easter suit"; "a fine gentleman"; "fine china and crystal"; "a fine violinist"; "the fine hand of a master"|
elegant - refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style; "elegant handwriting"; "an elegant dark suit"; "she was elegant to her fingertips"; "small churches with elegant white spires"; "an elegant mathematical solution--simple and precise and lucid"
|5.||fine - of textures that are smooth to the touch or substances consisting of relatively small particles; "wood with a fine grain"; "fine powdery snow"; "fine rain"; "batiste is a cotton fabric with a fine weave"; "covered with a fine film of dust"|
smooth - having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities; "smooth skin"; "a smooth tabletop"; "smooth fabric"; "a smooth road"; "water as smooth as a mirror"
|6.||fine - free from impurities; having a high or specified degree of purity; "gold 21 carats fine"|
metallurgy - the science and technology of metals
pure - free of extraneous elements of any kind; "pure air and water"; "pure gold"; "pure primary colors"; "the violin's pure and lovely song"; "pure tones"; "pure oxygen"
|Adv.||1.||fine - an expression of agreement normally occurring at the beginning of a sentence|
|2.||fine - in a delicate manner; "finely shaped features"; "her fine drawn body"|
excellent poor, inferior, indifferent, second rate, substandard
delicate heavy, rough, dull, crude, blunt, coarse
sunny dull, unpleasant, cloudy, overcast
fine-nibbed pen → bolígrafo m de punta fina
see also print
she's a very fine musician → es una música verdaderamente excelente
we use only the finest ingredients → sólo usamos ingredientes de primerísima calidad
he's a fine-looking boy → es un muchacho bien parecido
he's got it down to a fine art → lo hace a la perfección
see also chance A2
she has a fine eye for a bargain → tiene mucho ojo or muy buen olfato para las gangas
there's a fine line between love and hate → la línea que separa el amor del odio es muy tenue, del amor al odio sólo hay un paso
not to put too fine a point on it → hablando en plata
the finer points of the argument → los puntos más sutiles del argumento
he has no finer feelings whatsoever → no tiene nada de sensibilidad
see also feeling 3
"is this ok?" - "yes, it's fine" → -¿vale así? -si, está bien
fine! → ¡de acuerdo!, ¡vale!, ¡cómo no! (esp LAm)
that's fine by me → por mí bien, de acuerdo
"would you like some more?" - "no, I'm fine, thanks" → -¿quieres un poco más? -no, gracias, con esto me basta
fine and dandy everything may look fine and dandy to you → puede que tú todo lo veas de color de rosa
if the weather is fine → si hace buen tiempo
it's a fine day today → hoy hace buen tiempo
the weather kept fine for the match → duró el buen tiempo hasta el partido
one fine day, we were out walking → un día que hacia buen tiempo habíamos salido de paseo
a fine friend you are! → ¡valiente amigo estás hecho! (iro), ¡menudo amigo eres tú! (iro)
you're a fine one to talk! → ¡mira quién habla!
a fine thing! → ¡hasta dónde hemos llegado!
"how did you get on at the dentist's?" - "fine" → -¿qué tal te ha ido en el dentista? -bien
you're doing fine → lo estás haciendo bien
mother and baby are doing fine → la madre y el bebé están bien
to feel fine [person] → encontrarse bien
these shoes feel fine → estos zapatos son cómodos
five o'clock suits me fine → a las cinco me viene bien
to get a fine (for sth/doing sth) → ser multado (por algo/hacer algo)
I got a fine for → me pusieron una multa por ...
The weather is fine today → Il fait beau aujourd'hui.
He's fine → Il va bien.
"How are you?" - "I'm fine." → "Comment ça va?" - "Ça va bien."
I feel fine.; I'm feeling fine → Je me sens bien.
He's a fine musician → C'est un excellent musicien.
a fine example of sth → un bel exemple de qch
there's a fine line between (= it's difficult to distinguish)
There's a fine line between advice and information → La marge est étroite entre les conseils et les renseignements.
the fine detail of sth (= exact details) [deal, proposal] → les moindres détails de qch
that's fine → c'est très bien
it's fine to do → il n'y a pas d'inconvénient à faire
It's fine to ask questions as we go along → Il n'y a pas d'inconvénient à poser des questions tout en avançant.
that's fine with me, that's fine by me → d'accord
everything will be just fine → tout ira bien
She got a £50 fine → Elle a eu une amende de cinquante livres.
I got a fine for driving through a red light → J'ai eu une contravention pour avoir grillé un feu rouge.
to fine sb £100 → condamner qn à une amende de 100 livresfine art n
not to put too fine a point on it → per dirlo con schiettezza
he's got it down to a fine art → lo fa alla perfezione
fine workmanship → lavorazione f raffinata
if the weather is fine → se il tempo è bello
it's a fine day today → è una bella giornata oggi
he's a fine man → è un'ottima persona
that's fine → va benissimo
he's fine → sta bene
a fine friend you are! → bell'amico sei!
you're a fine one to talk! → senti chi parla!
a fine thing! → bella roba!
one fine day → un bel giorno