|Origin:||fin, from Latin finire; FINISH1|
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fine1 S1 W1
satisfactory or acceptable [= OK]:
acceptable[not before noun] especially spoken
'We're meeting at 8.30.' 'Okay, fine.'
In theory, the scheme sounds fine.
If you want to use cheese instead of chicken, that's fine.
'Do you want chili sauce on it?' 'No, it's fine as it is, thanks.'
I'm fine (thanks/thank you) spoken (=used when telling someone that you do not want any more when they offer you something)
'More coffee?' 'No, I'm fine, thanks.'
that's fine by me/that's fine with me etc spoken (=used when saying that you do not mind about something)
If Scott wanted to keep his life secret, that was fine by her.
in good health [= OK]:
'How are you?' 'Fine, thanks, how are you?'
I feel fine, really.
very good or of a very high standard:
very good[usually before noun]
Many people regard Beethoven's fifth symphony as his finest work.
He's a very fine player.
It's a fine idea.
Hatfield House is a fine example of Jacobean architecture.
The restaurant was chosen for its good food and fine wines.
bright and not raining:
If it's fine tomorrow we'll go out.
I hope it stays fine for you.
very thin or narrow:
Fine needles are inserted in the arm.
a fine thread
very fine hairs
attractive, neat, and delicate:
delicate[usually before noun]
Her dark hair accentuates her fine features (=nose, eyes, cheeks etc).
fine details, changes, differences etc are very small and therefore difficult to understand or notice:
We stayed up discussing the finer points of Marxist theory.
in small grains, pieces, or drops:
A fine drizzle started falling.
a mixture of fine and coarse breadcrumbs
fine material is made so that the spaces between the threads are very small:
scarlet cloth with a very fine weave
used humorously to say that someone or something is bad in some way:
bad[only before noun] especially spoken
That's another fine mess (=bad situation) he's got himself into.
You're a fine one to talk (=you are criticizing someone for something you do yourself).
sounding important and impressive, but probably not true or honest:
Only time will tell whether these fine sentiments will translate into action.
a good person that you respect:
Your father is a fine man, a real gentleman.
if you say that there is a fine line between two different things, you mean that they are so similar that one can easily become the other:
There's a fine line between bravery and recklessness.
to practise something so often that you become very skilled at it:
Mike had got the breakfast routine down to a fine art.
used when you are criticizing something in a plain and direct way:
That's a real ' pub, not to put too fine a point on it.
someone's finer feelings are the moral values they have, such as love, honour, loyalty etc:
You can hardly expect such finer feelings in a thief.
someone who looks big, strong, and physically attractive:
In his portrait, Donlevy is a fine figure of a man.
a time when someone is very successful, brave etc:
The tournament proved to be Gascoigne's finest hour.
➔ chance would be a fine thingat chance1 (12)WORD FOCUS: good
very good: excellent, fantastic, wonderful, great, terrific, neat American English, superb, amazing, outstanding, brilliant, impressive, fine, first-class, out of this world
of good quality: high quality, top quality, superior, deluxe, classy
morally good: decent, virtuous, respectable, honourable British English/honorable American English, upright, beyond reproach
➔ See also good