fair

fair
I UK [feə(r)] / US [fer] adjective
Word forms "fair":
adjective fair comparative fairer superlative fairest
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1)
a) if a situation is fair, everyone is treated equally and in a reasonable way

Life is not always fair.

Everyone has a right to a fair trial.

free and fair elections

it is not fair to someone:

It wouldn't be fair to the others if she is paid more.

b) a fair person treats everyone equally and in a reasonable way

Teachers have to be scrupulously fair in marking examination papers.


Collocations:
Adverbs frequently used with fair
▪  absolutely, completely, entirely, perfectly, scrupulously, very
2) reasonable and morally right
a fair wage/deal/price:

We aim to provide healthy food at fair prices.

it is (not) fair to do something:

It is not fair to attack his personal life in this way.

3) [only before noun] used for emphasizing that an amount, size, number etc is large

We walked 3 miles to school, which is a fair distance.

4) a fair guess or idea is reasonable and likely to be correct
have a fair idea of something:

I had a fair idea of what he was going to say next.

5)
a) fair hair is blonde (= light yellow) or very light brown in colour
b) someone who is fair has light hair and pale skin
6) if the weather is fair, it is pleasant and not raining
7) not bad but not very good

His knowledge of Russian is very good though his Japanese is only fair.

8) literary beautiful

(I) can't say fairer than thatBritish

spoken used for saying that something is the best and fairest offer you can make


I give you my word that everything you say will remain confidential. I can't say fairer than that.

it's a fair bet (that)British used for saying that something seems likely to happen

It's a fair bet that most people will get a cold at some point during the winter.

it's fair to say (that) — used for saying that a particular statement is likely to be true

I think it's fair to say that people are not happy about this tax rise.

(more than) your fair share of something — used for emphasizing that an amount is very large, especially an amount of something bad

Jean has had her fair share of tragedy.

seem/look/be set fairBritish

formal to seem likely to succeed


I'm confident we are set fair for a good recovery.

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II UK [feə(r)] / US [fer] noun [countable]
Word forms "fair":
singular fair plural fairs
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1) an event where people or companies bring their products for you to look at or buy

an antiques/art/book fair

2) fair or funfair an event where people ride on special machines and play games to win prizes
3) fair or fête an event organized by a school, church, or charity to make money

English dictionary. 2014.

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