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refine

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verb re·fine \ri-ˈfīn\

Simple Definition of refine

  • : to remove the unwanted substances in (something)

  • : to improve (something) by making small changes

Full Definition of refine

re·finedre·fin·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to free (as metal, sugar, or oil) from impurities or unwanted material

  3. 2 :  to free from moral imperfection :  elevate

  4. 3 :  to improve or perfect by pruning or polishing <refine a poetic style>

  5. 4 :  to reduce in vigor or intensity

  6. 5 :  to free from what is coarse, vulgar, or uncouth

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to become pure or perfected

  9. 2 :  to make improvement by introducing subtleties or distinctions

re·fin·er noun

Examples of refine

  1. The inventor of the machine spent years refining the design.

  2. The class is meant to help you refine your writing style.



1582

First Known Use of refine

1582

Rhymes with refine

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refine

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transitive verb re·fine \ri-ˈfīn\

Medical Definition of refine

re·finedre·fin·ing

  1. :  to free (as sugar or oil) from impurities or unwanted material





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