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 Coconut sugar has a glycemic index of 54, according to the University of Sydney Glycemic Index Database, which is not much lower than refined table sugar. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "Is Coconut Sugar Healthy? Here's Everything You Need to Know, According to Our Nutritionist," 19 Mar. 2020 In many sectors of industrial production, the supply chain has become so highly refined and specialized that there are no ready alternatives to China. NBC News, "From idled car production to iPhone delays, China's factory closures mean pain for U.S. companies," 10 Feb. 2020 In the summer, she was also spotted in a Reformation jumpsuit for under $200, proving refined style doesn’t always require a splurge. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "This Year, Stylish Royals Embraced Affordable Fashion," 31 Dec. 2019 Morrison has, of course, refined and reconfigured his aural blend over the years. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Van Morrison, enigmatic rock legend, busier than ever, back on road with new band and album," 2 Oct. 2019 As an additional show of good will, Io has offered the entire suite of levels from the first game as downloadable content in the second, complete with the refined play style of the new game. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Hitman 2 review: Accessible stealth oozing with style," 16 Nov. 2018 Meghan’s bridal look was essentially her everyday look, just more refined. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The long-term influence of Meghan Markle’s royal wedding makeup," 21 May 2018 San Antonio oil and gas companies are in for a punishing year because of the steep drop in oil prices and collapsing demand for gasoline, jet fuel and other refined products. Randy Diamond,, "San Antonio Oil and Gas Companies in Deep Trouble," 23 Mar. 2020 Last week, the United States was a net exporter of 1.52 million barrels a day of crude and refined products. Carlos Caminada,, "As Saudis ramp up oil output, US producers scale back," 10 Mar. 2020

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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 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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