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adjective fine pronunciation in British English /faɪn/ 
Word Forms
  1. 1
    if something is fine, it is good enough and acceptable to you

    'Is your room all right?' 'Yes, fine, thanks.'

    'Is it okay if we join you later?' 'Yes, that's fine.'

    fine for:

    I'm not very hungry. A sandwich will be fine for me.

    fine by someone (=acceptable to someone):

    If that's what he wants, that's fine by me.

    1. a.
      of very good quality

      one of the city's finest Victorian buildings

      She has a remarkably fine singing voice.

      fine clothes/food/wine

    2. b.
    3. c.
      if you are fine, your health is good and you have no problems

      'How are you?' 'Fine, thanks.'

      Sarah's been quite ill, but she's fine now.

      Your blood pressure is absolutely fine.

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    4. d.
      if the weather is fine, it is sunny and not raining

      a fine summer's afternoon

      We'll go to the beach tomorrow if the weather's fine.

  2. 2
    very thin and narrow, not thick or heavy

    I've got very fine hair.

    Everything was covered in a fine layer of dust.

    The rain had slowed to a fine drizzle.

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    1. a.
      a fine substance is made up of very small pieces

      fine sand/gravel/soil

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    2. c.
      fine details are small and sometimes difficult to notice

      It seems a very fine distinction to make.

      fine details/points:

      He spent hours explaining the finer details of the scheme.

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