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fair1 S1 W2
a fair situation, system, way of treating people, or judgment seems reasonable, acceptable, and right [≠ unfair]:
reasonable and acceptable
All we are asking for is a fair wage.
£150 is a fair price.
the right to a fair trial
What do you think is the fairest solution?
The report is a fair summary of the issues facing us.
it is fair to do something
It seems fair to give them a second chance.
it's only fair (that) (=used to say that it is right to do something)
It's only fair that we tell him what's happening.
it's fair to say (that) (=used when you think what you are saying is correct or reasonable)
It's fair to say that by then he had lost the support of his staff.
it's not fair on somebody
I can't carry on working such long hours. It's not fair on my family.
treating everyone in a way that is right or equal [≠ unfair]:
treating everyone equally
Why does Eric get to go and I don't? It's not fair!
Life isn't always fair.
The old law wasn't fair to women.
it's only fair (that)
You pay him $10 an hour - it's only fair that I should get the same.
My boss expects a lot - but he's very fair.
quite a large size, number etc:
quite largeespecially British English
I've still got a fair amount of work left to do.
We had travelled a fair way (=quite a long distance) by lunch time.
there's a fair chance (that)/of something (=it is quite likely that something will happen)
There's a fair chance we'll be coming over to England this summer.
someone who is fair, or who has fair hair or skin, has hair or skin that is very light in colour [≠ dark]
a fair fight, game, or election is one that is played or done according to the rules [≠ unfair]
according to the rules
neither particularly good nor particularly bad [= average]:
level of ability
Her written work is excellent but her practical work is only fair.
weather that is fair is pleasant and not windy, rainy etc [= fine]:
It should be generally fair and warm for the next few days.
to have had more of something, especially something unpleasant, than seems reasonable:
Poor old Alan! He's had more than his fair share of bad luck recently.
9 British English informal
to give someone the opportunity to do something, especially so that they can show that they are able to do it
10 American English informal
to treat someone, or to be treated, in a way that gives everyone the same chances as everyone else:
Women don't always get a fair shake in business.
using any method to get what you want, including dishonest or illegal methods
used to say that in some situations any method of getting what you want is acceptable
pleasant and attractive:
pleasant/attractiveold use or literary
a fair maiden
14 spoken especially British English
used to say that you agree with someone's suggestion or that something seems reasonable [= OK]:
'I think we should split the bill.' 'Fair enough.'
used when adding something after someone has been criticized, which helps to explain or excuse what they did [= in fairness]:
She should have phoned to tell us what her plans were although, to be fair, she's been very busy.
16 spoken especially British English
used to tell someone not to be unreasonable or criticize someone too much:
Now Pat, be fair, the poor girl's trying her hardest!
used when you think it is fair that someone should do something, especially because of something that has happened earlier:
Come on, fair's fair - I paid last time so it's your turn.
18 spoken British English
used to say that a remark or criticism seems reasonable
19 spoken British English
used to say that an offer you are making to someone is the best and fairest offer they can possibly get:
I'll give you £25 for it - you can't say fairer than that, can you?
20 spoken British English
used humorously to admit that you should not be doing something that someone has caught you doing
21 spoken British English
if you do something with your own fair hands, you do it yourself without any help - used humorously
➔ have a fair idea of somethingat ideaWORD FOCUS: weather
good weather: sunny/fine used to describe weather or a day when there is a lot of sunshine
nice/lovely/glorious very sunny and good
bright if the weather is bright, the sun shines strongly
there isn't a cloud in the sky the sky is completely clear
dry if the weather is dry, it does not rain
fair sunny and not windy or rainy - used especially in weather forecasts
rain: wet/rainy/damp used to describe weather or a day when there is a lot of rain
unsettled if the weather is unsettled, it keeps changing and it often rains
drizzle light rain which consists of very small drops of water
shower a short period of rain
downpour a short period when it suddenly rains very heavily
it's pouring down British English/it's pouring rain American English it is raining very hard
it's drizzling it is raining a little, with very small drops of rain
snow: snowy used to describe weather or a day when there is a lot of snow
sleet a mixture of snow and rain
slush a mixture of partly melted snow and ice
hail/hailstones frozen drops of rain, that fall as drops of ice
blizzard a storm with a lot of snow and strong wind
frost white powder that covers the ground when it is cold
wind: windy used to describe a day or weather when there is a lot of wind
blustery very windy
breeze a gentle pleasant wind
hurricane (in the Atlantic Ocean) /typhoon (in the Pacific Ocean) a violent storm with extremely strong winds
cloudy: cloudy used to describe weather or a day when there are a lot of clouds in the sky
grey/dull cloudy and not bright
overcast if the sky is overcast, it is very cloudy and dark, and it is likely to rain
hazy not clear, especially because there is a slight mist caused by heat or smoke
hot: boiling/scorching/sizzling/blazing/burning/baking/broiling (hot) extremely hot
sweltering very hot and humid
warm a little hot, in a way that is pleasant
balmy pleasantly warm, with a gentle wind blowing
heatwave a period of unusually hot weather
cold: freezing (cold) extremely cold
arctic extremely cold, usually with a lot of ice and snow
wintry cold and snowy or rainy, like the weather in winter
crisp if the air is crisp, it feels cold but pleasantly fresh and clear
chilly a little too cold, in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable
cool a little cold, in a way that is pleasant
cold snap/cold spell a period of unusually cold weather
➔ See also weather