re·​fined | \ ri-ˈfīnd How to pronounce refined (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web The chocolate is a paleo inspired, vegan, no refined sugar, organic, chocolate bar. Dave Knox, Forbes, "How HumanCo Plans To Make Living A Healthier Life Easier," 15 Apr. 2021 Still, Beckham’s interpretation was a little more refined and updated: Scary often wore leopard jumpsuits or tight dresses in the print, but Beckham’s current design has black lace panels at the waist, as well as thin spaghetti straps. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Channels Scary Spice," 5 Apr. 2021 But the arrival from Moscow in 1915 of a refined young stepmother introduced Banine and her sisters to more varied European tastes. Anna Mundow, WSJ, "‘Days in the Caucasus’ Review: A Childhood in Baku," 19 Feb. 2021 The longline look is refined and handsome, perfect for a more formal occasion. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "30 stylish lightweight jackets under $150 to transition into spring," 5 Apr. 2021 Diners, discount stores, and dive bars were replaced with a more refined — but still welcoming — vibe., "For Kenmore Square, does the end of an era mean a promising future?," 3 Apr. 2021 His sense of color is refined, and his ability to balance areas of high pressure (bold, busy patterns) and low pressure (areas of relative emptiness) suggests affinities with Henri Matisse. Washington Post, "Peter Sacks is one of the most compelling artists in America. But he didn’t find his voice until late in life.," 5 Mar. 2021 Since then, the artistry has become more refined — and more widely respected. Paige Stables, Allure, "30 Years of Tattoos," 20 Feb. 2021 This is Carey in refined mode, mixing the best of her adult contemporary and her hip hop sides. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "All 76 Mariah Carey singles ranked," 23 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of refined

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of refined was in 1582

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28 Apr 2021

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“Refined.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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