I. fine fine 1 [faɪn] noun [countable]
LAW money that someone has to pay as a punishment:

• He served 22 months in jail and paid a $100 million fine to settle insider trading charges.

• If convicted, they face heavy fines.

• She was ordered to pay £150 in parking fines, plus court costs.

• The courts can still impose unlimited fines for water pollution.

  [m0] II. fine fine 2 verb [transitive] LAW
to make someone pay money as a punishment:
fine somebody for doing something

• The company has been fined for illegal nuclear exports to North Korea.

  [m0] III. fine fine 3 adjective
of a very high quality or standard:

• fine wines

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fine UK US /faɪn/ noun [C] LAW
an amount of money that someone has to pay as a punishment for not obeying a law or rule: »

Copying cash is a federal offense and carries prison terms of up to 15 years and up to $5,000 in fines.

a heavy/stiff fine »

The new state law carries with it heavy fines for teens caught with cigarettes.


Bank officers said the decision to pay the fine would not affect its plans to pay off the loans within two years.

be subject to/face a fine »

Employers can face fines and other sanctions for hiring any of the 8 to 10 million illegal immigrants who are estimated to live in this country.

get/incur a fine »

If you go to court you could get a fine of up to a thousand dollars.

hand out/impose a fine »

There has been a proposal to impose fines for late completion of work.


Police can hand out on-the-spot fines to drunks.

fine UK US /faɪn/ verb [T, often passive] LAW
to make someone pay an amount of money as a punishment for not obeying a law or rule: »

The Financial Services Authority fined the bank a record £1m.

be fined £100/$75,000, etc. (for sth) »

Individuals can be charged interest and fined up to £1,000 for late submission of their tax return.

fine UK US /faɪn/ adjective
of very high quality: »

a list of restaurants in the area that provide fine dining


a fine set of financial results

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  • fine — [ fin ] n. f. • XIXe; de 2. fin ♦ Eau de vie de raisin de qualité supérieure. ⇒ cognac. Fine champagne (la Champagne désignant une région autour de Cognac). Une bouteille de fine. Verre de fine. Garçon, une fine ! Une fine à l eau. ⊗ HOM. Fines,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • fine — (f[imac]n), a. [Compar. {finer} (f[imac]n [ e]r); superl. {finest}.] [F. fin, LL. finus fine, pure, fr. L. finire to finish; cf. finitus, p. p., finished, completed (hence the sense accomplished, perfect.) See {Finish}, and cf. {Finite}.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fine — may be: * An adjective meaning attractive, sexy, physically attractive, beautiful etc.Legal* Fine (penalty), financial punishment * Fine of lands, an obsolete type of land conveyance * Fine on alienation, money paid to the lord by a tenant when… …   Wikipedia

  • Fine — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Anne Fine, britische Schriftstellerin Charles H. Fine, Professor und Buchautor David Fine (Musikmanager) (1929–2005), südafrikanischer Musikmanager David Fine (Schauspieler) (* 1955), US amerikanischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • fine — FÍNE s.n. (livr.) Sfârşit. ♢ loc. adv. În fine = a) în sfârşit; b) în concluzie. – Din it. fine, fr. fin, enfin. Trimis de LauraGellner, 11.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  FÍNE s. 1. v. capăt. 2 …   Dicționar Român

  • fine — Ⅰ. fine [1] ► ADJECTIVE 1) of very high quality. 2) satisfactory. 3) in good health and feeling well. 4) (of the weather) bright and clear. 5) (of a thread, filament, or hair) thin. 6) of delicate or intricate w …   English terms dictionary

  • fine — 1 n [Anglo French fin fine & Medieval Latin finis end, boundary, agreement, payment for release or privilege, monetary penalty, from Latin finis end, boundary] 1: a sum imposed as punishment for an offense compare restitution 2: a forfeiture or… …   Law dictionary

  • fine (1) — {{hw}}{{fine (1)}{{/hw}}A s. f. 1 Punto, momento terminale: eccoci alla fine del cammino; la fine del mondo | Essere in fin di vita, in punto di morte | Dare, porre fine a qlco., terminarla | Alla –f, finalmente | Alla fine dei conti, (fig.)… …   Enciclopedia di italiano

  • fine — fine1 [fīn] adj. finer, finest [ME fin < OFr < ML finus, for L finis, an end, limit: see FINISH] 1. Obs. finished; perfected 2. superior in quality; better than average; excellent; very good [a fine sample] 3. of exceptional character or… …   English World dictionary

  • FINE — was created in 1998 and is an informal association of the four main Fair Trade networks: *F Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) *I International Fair Trade Association (IFAT) *N Network of European Worldshops (NEWS!) and *E… …   Wikipedia

  • fine — [adj1] excellent, masterly accomplished, aces*, admirable, attractive, beautiful, capital, choice, cool*, crack*, dandy*, elegant, enjoyable, exceptional, expensive, exquisite, fashionable, first class, first rate, first string, five star*, gilt… …   New thesaurus

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