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elegantly; delicately; minutely; nicely; subtly; excellently: a finely crafted story; in fine particles or pieces: finely chopped apples
Not to be confused with:
finale – the concluding part of a performance or proceeding; the last movement of a concert, opera, or composition: The finale was the most exciting part of the symphony.
finality – conclusiveness or decisiveness; something that is final; an ultimate act: She slammed the door behind her with finality.
finally – in the end; at last; eventually; after considerable delay: After many attempts, she finally got it right.
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1. In a fine manner; splendidly.
2. To a fine point; discriminatingly.
3. In small pieces or parts: finely chopped nuts.
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1. into small pieces; minutely
2. precisely or subtly
3. splendidly or delicately
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(ˈfaɪn li)

1. in a fine manner; excellently.
2. in fine particles or pieces: finely chopped onions.
[1275–1325; Middle English fineliche]
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Fine is usually an adjective, but in conversation you can also use it as an adverb. Fine has three main meanings.

1. used to mean 'very good'

You can use it to say that something is very good or impressive.

He gave a fine performance.
From the top there is a fine view.

When you use fine like this, you can use words such as very or extremely in front of it.

He's intelligent and he'd do a very fine job.
This is an unusually fine piece of work.

You can't use fine as an adverb with this meaning, but you can use the adverb finely in front of an -ed participle.

This is a finely crafted story.
2. used to mean 'satisfactory'

You can also use fine to say that something is satisfactory or acceptable.

'Do you want more milk?' – 'No, this is fine.'

If you say that you are fine, you mean that your health is satisfactory.

'How are you?' – 'Fine, thanks.'

When you use fine to mean 'satisfactory', don't use 'very' in front of it. However, you can use just.

Everything is just fine.
'Is she settling down in England?' – 'Oh, she's just fine.'

In conversation, you can use fine as an adverb to mean 'satisfactorily' or 'well'.

We got on fine.
I was doing fine.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'finely' in sentences like these. Don't say, for example, 'We got on finely'.

3. used to mean 'small' or 'narrow'

You can also use fine to say that something is very narrow, or consists of very small or narrow parts.

She has long, fine hair.

When you use fine like this, you can use words such as very in front of it.

These pins are very fine and won't split the wood.

You can use finely as an adverb with this meaning.

Put the mixture in the bowl and add a cup of finely chopped onions.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.finely - in tiny pieces; "the surfaces were finely granular"
coarsely - in coarse pieces; "the surfaces were coarsely granular"
2.finely - in an elegant manner; "finely costumed actors"
3.finely - in a delicate manner; "finely shaped features"; "her fine drawn body"
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[ˈfaɪnlɪ] ADV
1. (= splendidly, well) [dressed, written] → con elegancia
2. (= delicately) [carved, woven] → delicadamente
a finely detailed embroideryun bordado trabajado con mucho detalle
this could upset the whole finely balanced processesto podría trastornar el precario equilibrio del proceso
3. (= very small) [chopped] → en trozos muy menudos, muy fino; [sliced] → en rodajas finas, en lonchas finas
4. (= with precision) [tuned, judged] → con precisión
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[ˈfaɪnli] adv
[chop, slice, grate] → finement
(= well) [observed, drawn, engineered] → bien
finely balanced adj [decision] → délicat(e); [arguments] → de même poids
The arguments are very finely balanced
BUT Les arguments ont chacun leur poids. (= equal) [contest] → équilibré(e)fine print n
the fine print [contract] → les clauses imprimées en petits caractères
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(= exquisitely) crafted, detailed, carvedfein
(= thinly, in small pieces) chop, grate, grindfein; slicedünn; finely ground coffeefein gemahlener Kaffee; finely dicedfein gewürfelt, in feine Würfel geschnitten; finely slicedfein geschnitten, in dünne Scheiben geschnitten
(= subtly, delicately)fein; the case is finely balancedder Fall kann sich so oder so entscheiden; a finely judged speecheine wohl ausgewogene Rede; finely drawn distinctionsfeine Unterschiede; finely tuned (engine, machine)genau eingestellt; (fig) military/party/administrative machinegut geölt; (= ultrasensitive)hochempfindlich
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[ˈfaɪnlɪ] adv
a. (written, sewn) → con raffinatezza
b. (chop) → finemente; (adjust) → con precisione
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(fain) adjective
1. (usually of art etc) very good; of excellent quality. fine paintings; a fine performance.
2. (of weather) bright; not raining. a fine day.
3. well; healthy. I was ill yesterday but I am feeling fine today!
4. thin or delicate. a fine material.
5. careful; detailed. Fine workmanship is required for such delicate embroidery.
6. made of small pieces, grains etc. fine sand; fine rain.
7. slight; delicate. a fine balance; a fine distinction.
8. perfectly satisfactory. There's nothing wrong with your work – it's fine.
satisfactorily. This arrangement suits me fine.
good; well done etc. You've finished already – fine!
ˈfinely adverb
ˈfinery noun
beautiful clothes, jewellery etc. I arrived in all my finery.
fine art
art that appeals immediately to the senses, eg painting, sculpture, music etc. Painting is one of the fine arts.
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References in classic literature ?
It is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man; without which, buildings and palaces are but gross handiworks; and a man shall ever see, that when ages grow to civility and elegancy, men come to build stately sooner than to garden finely; as if gardening were the greater perfection.
Her finely chiseled, clean-cut face, with something red Indian about the firm mouth and strongly marked cheek bones, showed even at that distance traces of the friction of the passing years.
"Somefin that'll vex her finely?" he asked with gleaming eyes.
"Why, maidy" (he frequently, with unconscious irony, gave her this pet name), "the prettiest milker I've got in my dairy; you mustn't get so fagged as this at the first breath of summer weather, or we shall be finely put to for want of 'ee by dog-days, shan't we, Mr Clare?"
But Sultan had told his master what the wolf meant to do; so he laid wait for him behind the barn door, and when the wolf was busy looking out for a good fat sheep, he had a stout cudgel laid about his back, that combed his locks for him finely.
Strangely enough, everything about it was shaggy, although so new and beautiful, and he sighed with contentment to realize that he could now be finely dressed and still be the shaggy man.
He was tall and slightly built, yet robust with finely chiselled features; his manners were exquisite, and his appearance distinguished.
Her neck was long and finely turned: and here, if I was not afraid of offending her delicacy, I might justly say, the highest beauties of the famous Venus de Medicis were outdone.
Her hand and wrist were so finely formed that she could wear sleeves not less bare of style than those in which the Blessed Virgin appeared to Italian painters; and her profile as well as her stature and bearing seemed to gain the more dignity from her plain garments, which by the side of provincial fashion gave her the impressiveness of a fine quotation from the Bible,--or from one of our elder poets,--in a paragraph of to-day's newspaper.
"It keeps finely, being preserved in my air-tight chest."
They were finely and fashionably dressed, their manners were quite superb, and they led an easy, careless, comfortable life.
Colonel Lloyd kept a large and finely cultivated garden, which afforded almost constant employment for four men, besides the chief gardener, (Mr.