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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Roughly 20 percent pure sugar, a single beet can yield up to a pound or so of the refined stuff. Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, "My time among the beet jockeys of northern Minnesota," 6 Sep. 2019 Most people don’t need nor want this much food, and for those diners, there are the more modest and refined ceviches, arepas and proteins. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Restaurant Review: Los Parceros, the tiny East Colfax Colombian restaurant with a big arepa menu," 5 Sep. 2019 Langbroek then used these initial observations to conduct a refined analysis that provided an exact location of the satellite at the time of the photo. Wired, "Trump Tweeted a Sensitive Photo. Internet Sleuths Decoded It," 3 Sep. 2019 As for the style, the minimalistic design looks sleek and refined. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: Logitech G Pro X is a complete package for gamers," 22 Aug. 2019 Chick-fil-A’s blend of southern-style spices give their original chicken sandwich a much more refined taste., "I tasted Popeyes’ new chicken sandwich so you don’t have to (but you should)," 22 Aug. 2019 But for all their ideological similarities, Sanders and Warren are in many ways as different as ice cream and petit fours — one a reliable, simple classic; the other, a less familiar, refined taste. Los Angeles Times, "A tale of two rallies: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have similar ideas but competing paths to 2020 victory," 19 Aug. 2019 Williams will leave UConn a more refined person, stronger. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: UConn senior Donovan Williams’ strange four-year journey from Bob Diaco’s quarterback to Randy Edsall’s receiver and tight end is worth appreciating," 9 Aug. 2019 Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, is a co-founder and owner of the firm, which is known for offering fans of all stripes a more refined set of food options, according to 247 Sports. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Pepsi Center’s longtime concessionaires out, putting 241 jobs in play," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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