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finely

[ fahyn-lee ]
/ ˈfaɪn li /
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adverb

in a fine manner; excellently; elegantly; delicately; minutely; nicely; subtly.
in fine particles or pieces: finely chopped onions.

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fine-grain, fine-grained, fine-tooth comb, fine-tune, fineable, finely, fineness, fineness ratio, finer, finery, fines herbes

Origin of finely

First recorded in 1275–1325, finely is from the Middle English word fineliche. See fine1, -ly
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British Dictionary definitions for finely

finely

/ (ˈfaɪnlɪ) /

adverb

into small pieces; minutely
precisely or subtly
splendidly or delicately
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Word Origin and History for finely

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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