Learner's definition of FAIR
1 : agreeing with what is thought to be right or acceptable
We received fair treatment.
a fair fight
a fair bargain/deal/trade
I'm just trying to get a fair price for the house. [=I'm not trying to get more money for the house than most people think is right]
That's a fair question, and it deserves an honest reply.
The workers claim that they are not being paid fair wages. [=they are being paid less than they should be paid]
It's only fair [=it is the right thing] to tell him the truth.
I washed the dishes yesterday, so it's only fair (that) you to do them today.
He gets his fair share of attention too. [=he gets a reasonable amount of attention]
She's had more than her fair share of trouble. [=she has had a lot of trouble]
2 : treating people in a way that does not favor some over others
He is known as a very fair man.
I try to be fair to/with my children.
He claims that the competition wasn't fair.
It's not fair that she gets to leave early and I don't.
Sometimes life isn't fair.
a fair and impartial jury
a bargain/deal/trade that is fair to/for everyone
All she wants is a fair chance. [=the same chance everyone else gets]
3 : not too harsh or critical
“What a bad movie!” “Be fair! Parts of it are actually pretty funny.”
I can't say I liked the movie, but, to be fair, parts of it are pretty funny.
She did poorly on the test, but, to be fair, so did a lot of other people.
4 a : not very good or very bad : of average or acceptable quality
b approving : reasonably good : good although usually not excellent
Her work has been fair to good.
The quality of her work has been only fair.
I think our waiter did a fair job.
The patient has been upgraded from serious to fair condition.
The food was fair to middling. [=just average; not especially good]
c always used before a noun : reasonably large — used to describe an amount or size that is not small although it is also not extremely large
The team has a fair [=pretty good] chance of winning the championship this year.
He does a pretty fair [=good] imitation of the President.
He was able to give us a fair idea of the problems involved.
It's a fair bet that the weather will improve soon.
“I'm guessing that he's about 50 years old.” “That's a fair guess, but he's actually almost 60.”
There were a fair number of new participants at the convention.
Researchers now know a fair amount about the earliest humans.
He lives a fair distance from here.
6 of a person's hair, skin, etc. : having a light color 7 literary + old-fashioned : attractive or pleasing to look at 8 baseball : in the area between the foul lines
◊ A fair ball is a batted ball that lands in the area between the foul lines.
all's fair in love and war
— used to describe a situation in which people do not follow the usual rules of behavior and do things that are normally considered unfair
fair and square
: in an honest and fair manner
— used to say that something is reasonable or fair
“I'll wash the dishes today, and you can wash them tomorrow.” “Fair enough.”
“He needs more time.” “Fair enough, but we can't wait too much longer.”
— used to say that something was done or should be done because it is fair
fair to say
◊ A comment that is fair to say is reasonable and is not expected to cause argument.
The key concept in this book, I think it is fair to say, is freedom.
She's not entirely to blame, but it's (only) fair to say that she handled the situation badly.
: enough warning to be able to avoid something bad
Learner's definition of FAIR
1 : a large public event at which there are various kinds of competitions, games, rides, and entertainment especially US : such an event at which farm products and farm animals are shown and judged 2 : an event at which many people gather to buy things or to get information about a product or activity 3 : an event at which different things (such as crafts or food) are sold usually for charity