Simple Definition of refine
: to remove the unwanted substances in (something)
: to improve (something) by making small changes
Full Definition of refine
1 : to free (as metal, sugar, or oil) from impurities or unwanted material
2 : to free from moral imperfection : elevate
3 : to improve or perfect by pruning or polishing <refine a poetic style>
4 : to reduce in vigor or intensity
5 : to free from what is coarse, vulgar, or uncouth
1 : to become pure or perfected
2 : to make improvement by introducing subtleties or distinctions
Examples of refine in a sentence
The inventor of the machine spent years refining the design.
The class is meant to help you refine your writing style.
First Known Use of refine
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REFINE Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of refine
: to free (as sugar or oil) from impurities or unwanted material
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