free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision;a fair judge.
legitimately sought, pursued, done, given, etc.; proper under the rules: a fair fight.
moderately large; ample: a fair income.
of a light hue; not dark: fair skin.
pleasing in appearance; attractive: a fair young maiden.
neither excellent nor poor; moderately or tolerably good: fair health.
marked by favoring conditions; promising: I can now assure my two little daughters of a fair future.The chief medical officer pronounced him in a fair way to recovery.
(of the sky) bright; sunny; cloudless to half-cloudy.
(of the weather) fine; with no prospect of rain, snow, or hail; not stormy.
unobstructed; not blocked up: The way was fair for our advance.
without irregularity or unevenness: a fair surface.
free from blemish, imperfection, or anything that impairs the appearance, quality, or character: Her fair reputation was ruined by gossip.
easy to read; clear: fair handwriting.
seemingly good or sincere but not really so: The suitor beguiled his mistress with fair speeches.
Nautical. (of a wind or tide) tending to aid the progress of a vessel.
Medicine/Medical. (of a patient's condition) having stable and normal vital signs and other favorable indicators, as appetite and mobility, but being in some discomfort and having the possibility of a worsening state.
in a fair manner: He doesn't play fair.
straight; directly, as in aiming or hitting: He threw the ball fair to the goal.
Archaic. something that is fair.
a beloved woman.
to make the connection or junction of (surfaces) smooth and even.
to draw and adjust (the lines of a hull being designed) to produce regular surfaces of the correct form.
to adjust the form of (a frame or templet) in accordance with a design, or cause it to conform to the general form of a hull.
to restore (a bent plate or structural member) to its original form.
to align (the frames of a vessel under construction) in proper position.
to bring (rivet holes in connecting structural members) into perfect alignment.
Obsolete. to make fair.
fair off / up South Midland and Southern U.S. (of the weather) to clear: It's supposed to fair off toward evening.
Idioms about fair
bid fair, to seem likely: This entry bids fair to win first prize.
fair and square,
honestly; justly; straightforwardly: He won the race fair and square.
honest; just; straightforward: He was admired for being fair and square in all his dealings.
fair to middling, Informal. only tolerably good; so-so.
- fairness, noun
Other definitions for fair (2 of 2)
an exhibition, usually competitive, of farm products, livestock, etc., often combined with entertainment and held annually by a county or state.
a periodic gathering of buyers and sellers in an appointed place.
an exposition in which different exhibitors participate, sometimes with the purpose of buying or selling: More than twenty-five employers with multiple open positions will be meeting with applicants at this weekend’s job fair.
an exhibition and sale of articles to raise money, often for some charitable purpose.
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How to use fair in a sentence
As a principal, I have the responsibility to ensure compliance and create a fair and balanced environment for all students.School Sports Became ‘Clubs’ Amid the Pandemic – Now Two Coaches Are Out | Ashly McGlone | September 17, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
If the shifts among women and older voters seen in the Post-ABC poll reflect an actual shift in the electorate — a fair assumption based on a wide range of other state and national polls — that seems very difficult to do.The key shifts in Minnesota and Wisconsin that have improved Biden’s chances of victory | Philip Bump | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
He says she urged street fairs and parades, but that’s not true.Trump’s ABC News town hall: Four Pinocchios, over and over again | Glenn Kessler | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
Grant says BrightHire, co-founded by Ben Sesser and Teddy Chestnut, is “the most compelling platform I’ve seen to help companies run fair and inclusive hiring processes.”The startup Adam Grant is betting on to fix bias in hiring is out of stealth mode | Sarah Todd | September 15, 2020 | Quartz
We believe we are fair and reasonable partners and have no incentive to enforce the restrictions more broadly than necessary.The losses continue to pile up for hedge fund king Ray Dalio | Bernhard Warner | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
Even internally in the House, women are not getting their fair shake.
Vicky Ward was a contributing editor to Vanity fair for 11 years.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003 | Vicky Ward | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Frustrating as regulars find these fair-weather exercise interlopers, they were also all beginners once, he says.
Perhaps it always seems that way at the time, but surely we face our fair share right now.
To be fair, no artist had ever been asked to, or could have pulled it off if they had.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year | Kevin Fallon | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Finally, let me ask the general reader to put aside all prejudice, and give both sides a fair hearing.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
Grandmamma sits in her quaint arm-chair— Never was lady more sweet and fair!
He was tall and of familiar figure, and the firelight was playing in the tossed curls of his short, fair hair.The Bondboy | George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Mary is fair as the morning dew— Cheeks of roses and ribbons of blue!
May looked along at the dimpled grace, And then at the saint-like, fair old face, “How funny!”
British Dictionary definitions for fair (1 of 2)
free from discrimination, dishonesty, etc; just; impartial
in conformity with rules or standards; legitimate: a fair fight
(of the hair or complexion) light in colour
beautiful or lovely to look at
moderately or quite good: a fair piece of work
(of the tide or wind) favourable to the passage of a vessel
sunny, fine, or cloudless
(prenominal) informal thorough; real: a fair battle to get to the counter
pleasant or courteous
apparently good or valuable, but really false: fair words
open or unobstructed: a fair passage
Australian (of handwriting) clear and legible
a fair crack of the whip, Australian a fair shake of the dice or a fair go informal a fair opportunity; fair chance
fair and square in a correct or just way
equal shares or treatment
an expression of appeal for equal shares or treatment
fair enough! an expression of agreement
fair go! Australian and NZ informal come off it!; I don't believe it!
fair to middling about average
in a fair way; correctly: act fair, now!
absolutely or squarely; quite: the question caught him fair off his guard
dialect really or very: fair tired
(intr) dialect (of the weather) to become fine and mild
archaic a person or thing that is beautiful or valuable, esp a woman
- fairness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for fair (2 of 2)
a travelling entertainment with sideshows, rides, etc, esp one that visits places at the same time each year
a gathering of producers of and dealers in a given class of products to facilitate business: a book fair
an event including amusements and the sale of goods, esp for a charity; bazaar
a regular assembly at a specific place for the sale of goods, esp livestock
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Other Idioms and Phrases with fair
In addition to the idioms beginning with fair
- fair and square
- fair enough
- fair game
- fair play
- fair sex
- fair shake, a
- fair to middling
- fairy godmother
- all's fair in love and war
- play fair
- turnabout is fair play
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