refine

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verb re·fine \ri-ˈfīn\

Definition of refine

refined

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refining

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to free (something, such 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

refiner

noun

Examples of refine in a Sentence

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

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

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First Known Use of refine

1582


REFINE Defined for English Language Learners

refine

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verb

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

refine

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verb re·fine \ri-ˈfīn\

Definition of refine for Students

refined

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refining

  1. 1 :  to bring to a pure state refine sugar

  2. 2 :  to make better :  improve He's refining his recipe.


Medical Dictionary

refine

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transitive verb re·fine \ri-ˈfīn\

Medical Definition of refine

refined

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refining

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



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