American English

Definition of fine adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (finer, finest)
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    very good
  1. 1[usually before noun] of high quality; good a very fine performance fine clothes/wines/workmanship a particularly fine example of Spanish colonial architecture the finest collection of early American decorative art She's a fine actor and an even finer dancer. people who enjoy the finer things in life (= for example art, good food, etc.) He tried to appeal to their finer feelings (= feelings of duty, love, etc.). It was his finest hour (= most successful period) as manager of the American team.
  2. very well
  3. 2(of a person) in good health “How are you?” “Fine, thanks.” I was feeling fine when I got up this morning. “How's your throat?” “It's fine as long as I don't cough.” synonyms at we'll
  4. acceptable/good enough
  5. 3(also used as an exclamation) used to tell someone that an action, a suggestion, or a decision is acceptable “I'll leave this here, OK?” “Fine.” “Bob wants to know if he can come too.” “That's fine with me.”
  6. 4used to say you are satisfied with something Don't worry. Your speech was fine. “What did you think of the restaurant?” “It was fine, but not as good as everyone says.” You go on without me.I'll be fine. “Can I get you another drink?” “No, thanks.I'm fine.” (ironic) This is a fine (= terrible)mess we're in! (ironic) You're a fine one to talk! (= you are not in a position to criticize, give advice, etc.)
  7. attractive
  8. 5[usually before noun] pleasing to look at a fine view a fine-looking woman a fine figure of a man
  9. delicate
  10. 6[usually before noun] attractive and delicate fine bone china She has inherited her mother's fine features (= a small nose, mouth, etc.).
  11. weather
  12. 7bright and not raining a fine day/evening
  13. very thin
  14. 8very thin or narrow fine blond hair a fine thread a brush with a fine tip
  15. detail/distinctions
  16. 9[usually before noun] difficult to see or describe synonym subtle You really need a magnifying glass to appreciate all the fine detail. You don't need to make such fine distinctions. There's a fine line between love and hate (= it is easy for one to become the other). We still have to iron out the finer details.
  17. with small grains
  18. 10made of very small grains fine sand Use a finer piece of sandpaper to finish. opposite coarse
  19. person
  20. 11[only before noun] that you have a lot of respect for He was a fine man.
  21. words/speeches
  22. 12sounding important and impressive but unlikely to have any effect Her speech was full of fine words that meant nothing.
  23. metals
  24. 13(technology) containing only a particular metal and no other substances that reduce the quality fine gold
  25. Thesauruswellgood all right OK fine healthy strong in shapeThese words all describe someone who is not sick and is in good health.well [not usually before noun] (somewhat informal) in good health:Is he well enough to travel? Well is used especially to talk about your own health, to ask someone about their health, or to make a comment on it.good [not usually before noun] (somewhat informal) in good health:I don't feel good. She's looking much better these days.all right [not before noun] (somewhat informal) not feeling ill; not injured:Are you feeling all right?OK [not before noun] (informal) not feeling ill; not injured:She says that she's OK now, and will be back at work tomorrow.all right or ok?These words are slightly less positive than the other words in this group. They are both used in spoken English, to talk about not actually being sick or injured, rather than being positively in good health. Both are somewhat informal but OK is slightly more informal than all right.fine [not before noun] (not used in negative statements) (somewhat informal) completely well:“How are you?” “Fine, thanks.” Fine is used especially to talk about your health, especially when someone asks you how you are. It is also used to talk about someone's health when you are talking to someone else.healthy in good health and not likely to become sick:Stay healthy by exercising regularly.strong in good health and not suffering from an illness:After a few weeks, she was feeling stronger. Strong is often used to talk about becoming healthy again after an shape in good physical health, especially because you take regular physical exercise:I go swimming every day in order to stay in shape.Patterns all right/OK/in shape for something all right/OK to do something to feel/look well/good/all right/OK/fine/healthy/strong to keep (somebody) well/healthy/in shape perfectly well/all right/OK/fine/healthy physically well/healthy/strongIdioms
    get something down to a fine art (informal)
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    to learn to do something well and efficiently I spend so much time traveling that I've got packing down to a fine art.
    in fine fettle (old-fashioned) (informal)
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    healthy; in good condition The team is in fine fettle. Park Foods is in fine fettle after selling off all non-core businesses.
    not to put too fine a point on it
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    used to emphasize something that is expressed clearly and directly, especially a criticism Not to put too fine a point on it, I think you are lying.
    walk/tread a fine/thin line
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    to be in a difficult or dangerous situation where you could easily make a mistake He was walking a fine line between being funny and being rude.
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