verb re·fine \ri-ˈfīn\

: to remove the unwanted substances in (something)

: to improve (something) by making small changes


Full Definition of REFINE

transitive verb
:  to free (as metal, sugar, or oil) from impurities or unwanted material
:  to free from moral imperfection :  elevate
:  to improve or perfect by pruning or polishing <refine a poetic style>
:  to reduce in vigor or intensity
:  to free from what is coarse, vulgar, or uncouth
intransitive verb
:  to become pure or perfected
:  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.

First Known Use of REFINE


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REFINING Defined for Kids


verb re·fine \ri-ˈfīn\

Definition of REFINE for Kids

:  to bring to a pure state <refine sugar>
:  to make better :  improve <He's refining his recipe.>
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb re·fine \ri-ˈfīn\

Medical Definition of REFINE

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


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