noun re·fine·ment \ri-ˈfīn-mənt\

: 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

Full Definition of REFINEMENT

:  the action or process of refining
:  the quality or state of being refined :  cultivation
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

  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>

First Known Use of REFINEMENT

circa 1611


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