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fine1

 
pronunciation:
faIn
parts of speech:
adjective, adverb, transitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: finer, finest
definition 1: excellent in quality, skill, character, or nature.
I know a fine wine when I taste it.He turned out to be a fine painter.They were proud their son married such a fine young woman.We were lucky to have fine weather while we visited the island.
synonyms:
choice, elegant, excellent, exceptional, high-grade, quality, select, splendid, splendiferous, superior, swell
antonyms:
crude, inferior, poor
similar words:
accomplished, ace, capital, cool, exquisite, fancy, first-rate, flawless, good, magnificent, mean, nice, polished, prime, superb, top-drawer
definition 2: consisting of extremely small particles.
The sand feels soft because it is very fine.
synonyms:
powdery
antonyms:
coarse
similar words:
comminute, grated, ground, minced, powdered, pulverized, triturated
definition 3: very sharp.
This carving requires a knife with a fine edge.
synonyms:
honed, keen, sharp
similar words:
acute, powdery, precise
definition 4: very thin.
The scarf is made with fine strands of silk.
synonyms:
thin
similar words:
delicate, diaphanous, ethereal, fragile, frail, gauzy, gossamer, light, sheer, silky, slender, tenuous, transparent
definition 5: requiring subtle discrimination; difficult to perceive.
She made fine distinctions in her argument.
synonyms:
delicate, fine-drawn, subtle
similar words:
elusive, finespun, minute, nice, slight, small
definition 6: elegant and refined.
I don't know how to act around such a fine gentleman.The restaurant provides its customers with the experience of fine dining.
synonyms:
cultured, discriminating, elegant, polished, refined, sophisticated
antonyms:
coarse
similar words:
dainty, discerning, exquisite, finished, genteel, nice, suave
definition 7: in adequate health or condition.
She was in the hospital for a while, but she's fine now.
synonyms:
all right, OK, well
antonyms:
bad
similar words:
good, satisfactory
definition 8: acceptable; satisfactory.
I told him I could pay him this week, but he said that next week would be fine.These seats are just fine for me; I don't need to move closer.It's fine with me if you decide to do that.
synonyms:
acceptable, satisfactory
antonyms:
objectionable, unacceptable
similar words:
adequate, all right, OK
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part of speech: adverb
inflections: finer, finest
definition 1: finely; into very small pieces.
She chopped the onions very fine.
synonyms:
finely
definition 2: satisfactorily.
He was having some difficulty in school, but he's doing fine now.
synonyms:
all right, satisfactorily
similar words:
well
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: fined, fines, fining
definition: to reduce or refine.
This process fines the product further.
synonyms:
refine
similar words:
clarify, purify, rarefy
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derivation: fineness (n.)
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