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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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 This produces a softer more refined spirit with a unique creamy character, says Archard, a contrast to the flintier flavor profiles of many vodkas that use mineral-rich hard spring water. Brandy Gonsoulin,, "Vodka — made from milk? Yes.," 27 June 2018 The complaint singled out China and Russia, which have continued to sell refined petroleum to North Korea and historically have resisted the use of sanctions as a pressure tactic. New York Times, "Trump Cites ‘Great Progress’ in North Korea Nuclear Talks," 12 July 2018 Processed foods, refined sugar, dairy, salt, and more are not allowed in the diet — many followers claim the body isn’t equipped to digest such foods. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "St. Francis-based Charlee Bear acquires paleolithic pet food brand Hound & Gatos," 11 July 2018 The idea is that a glow imparted by highlighter is fake, whereas a glow imparted by a lifetime of denying yourself refined sugar is real. Jessica Teas, The Cut, "The Big Lie of #NoMakeup," 9 July 2018 His version uses brown rice syrup instead of refined sugar and puffed brown rice cereal in lieu of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies. Julia Sherman, New York Times, "A Cookbook of Artists’ Creative Summer Desserts," 22 June 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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