re·fined | \ri-ˈfīnd \

Definition of refined 

1 : free from impurities

3 : precise, exact a refined test for radioactivity

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Examples of refined in a Sentence

She has become more refined in her painting technique. He has very refined manners. refined and elegant works of art
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Nutrition researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that people who replaced saturated fat with refined carbohydrates (think sugar, white bread and pop) did not lower their risk of heart disease. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Red, white and blue cookies are a patriotic and healthy treat for the holiday," 2 July 2018 Limiting alcohol, which may suppress fat-burning and add nutritionally empty calories, and avoiding refined carbohydrates like white bread and white rice are also helpful. New York Times, "The Dangers of Belly Fat," 11 June 2018 Half a gram of refined hash oil was on the Pa. menu for $72. Chris Goldstein,, "PA's new medical marijuana effort resembles Big Pharma: sky high prices and lots of shortages," 6 Mar. 2018 And those are smart steps, especially since most of us could stand to eat fewer refined carbohydrates (like white bread and pasta) and more leafy greens. Amanda Macmillan,, "Kourtney Kardashian Says She Did the Keto Diet to Help With a ‘Metal Detox’—Does That Work?," 1 Mar. 2018 Simply shifting away from that diet, with its heavy emphasis on refined carbohydrates, can ease inflammation and provide some of keto’s benefits, though not all. Susie Neilson, The Cut, "10 Days of Eating Fat, for My Mental Health," 26 Jan. 2018 The body styling has some compact cuteness that wraps around an upright format as tidy and functional as an American Tourister roller bag — ready to travel with a hard shell that feels secure and refined. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 The wraparound straps reference rugged Hellenic sandals while being slim and refined enough for city streets. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "Found: The Ideal Summer Sandal for Women," 21 June 2018 Kids don't have the ability to demonstrate those skills at such a refined level. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Pine Grove School Receives Grant For Sensory Toolboxes," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of refined

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of refined

: free of unwanted substances

: improved to be more precise or exact

: having or showing the good education, polite manners, etc., that are expected in people who belong to a high social class


re·fined | \ri-ˈfīnd\

Kids Definition of refined

1 : having or showing good taste or training She has refined manners.

2 : freed from impurities : pure refined gold

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to reject or criticize sharply

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