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finely

[fahyn-lee] /ˈfaɪn li/
adverb
1.
in a fine manner; excellently; elegantly; delicately; minutely; nicely; subtly.
2.
in fine particles or pieces:
finely chopped onions.
Origin of finely
1275-1325
First recorded in 1275-1325, finely is from the Middle English word fineliche. See fine1, -ly
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  • This trained neutrality of Mrs. Bines served her finely now.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • His figure, although slight, was beautifully symmetrical and finely knit.

    Ridgeway Scian Dubh
  • Except the very old, whose breasts had fallen, they were finely shaped.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • He praised me greatly for all the care I had taken of his boy; and said, how finely you was come on!

  • How comes he so finely dressed, the son of the modest Nuremberg goldsmith?

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
British Dictionary definitions for finely

finely

/ˈfaɪnlɪ/
adverb
1.
into small pieces; minutely
2.
precisely or subtly
3.
splendidly or delicately
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Word Origin and History for finely
adv.

early 14c., "perfectly, completely," from fine (adj.) + -ly (1). Meaning "delicately, minutely" is from 1540s; that of "excellently" is from 1680s.

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