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refinement

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noun re·fine·ment \ri-ˈfīn-mənt\

Simple Definition of refinement

  • : the act or process of removing unwanted substances from something : the act or process of making something pure

  • : the act or process of improving something

  • : an improved version of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of refinement

  1. 1 :  the action or process of refining

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being refined :  cultivation

  3. 3 a :  a refined feature or method b :  a highly refined distinction :  subtlety c :  a contrivance or device intended to improve or perfect

Examples of refinement in a sentence

  1. <the recent refinements in this area of medical technology>

  2. <had a sense of refinement that her small hometown couldn't satisfy, so she moved to New York City to be closer to great museums and concert halls>



Circa 1611

First Known Use of refinement

circa 1611


REFINEMENT Defined for Kids

refinement

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noun re·fine·ment \ri-ˈfīn-mənt\

Definition of refinement for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or process of improving something or bringing something to a pure state <refinement of sugar>

  2. 2 :  excellence of manners or tastes <a person of refinement>

  3. 3 :  a small change meant to improve something





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