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

Definition of refined

1 : free from impurities
3 : precise, exact a refined test for radioactivity

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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First Known Use of refined

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Refined.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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