antiques, art, book, craft, horse (BrE), school (esp. AmE), steam (BrE)
career, job, science, trade
fun (usually funfair) (BrE)
local, street
county, state (both AmE)
attend, go to, visit
have, hold, host

The city is holding its annual trade fair in May this year.


She is organizing next year's book fair.

take place
at a/the fair

I bought it at a local craft fair.

be, seem
make sth

I'll give you ten pounds each to make it fair.

consider sth, think sth

I didn't think it fair that the others should be allowed to go but not me.

scrupulously, very

It's important to be scrupulously fair when grading the final exam paper.

absolutely, completely, entirely, perfectly, quite, totally

I don't care what he thinks. It seems perfectly fair to me.

That doesn't seem quite fair.

hardly, not really

It's hardly fair that I should be working while everyone else is enjoying themselves!

pretty, reasonably
to be fair

To be fair, we hadn't really spent enough time on the job.


That seems fair to all sides.

Fair is used with these nouns: ↑allocation, ↑amount, ↑assessment, ↑balance, ↑bet, ↑bit, ↑catch, ↑chance, ↑comment, ↑comparison, ↑compensation, ↑competition, ↑complexion, ↑compromise, ↑contest, ↑copy, ↑criticism, ↑cross section, ↑deal, ↑degree, ↑description, ↑distance, ↑distribution, ↑division, ↑election, ↑estimate, ↑exchange, ↑fight, ↑guess, ↑hair, ↑head, ↑hearing, ↑imitation, ↑indication, ↑inference, ↑measure, ↑number, ↑offer, ↑percentage, ↑play, ↑price, ↑proportion, ↑reflection, ↑rent, ↑representation, ↑return, ↑sex, ↑size, ↑skin, ↑slice, ↑summary, ↑system, ↑test, ↑trade, ↑treatment, ↑trial, ↑use, ↑vote, ↑wage, ↑warning, ↑weather, ↑while, ↑wind

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