Definition of refine
1 : to free (something, such 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
REFINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of refine for English Language Learners
: to remove the unwanted substances in (something)
: to improve (something) by making small changes
REFINE Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of refine
: to free (as sugar or oil) from impurities or unwanted material
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