refined

adjective
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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Treasury has worked on a more refined list of demands that hew more closely to what business groups think are possible. Bob Davis, WSJ, "U.S., China Plot Road Map to Resolve Trade Dispute by November," 17 Aug. 2018 The Trump administration is preparing to release a refined list of Chinese products to be hit with tariffs that hones in on technologies where China wants to establish itself as a leader, according to five people familiar with the matter. Justin Sink, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Approves Tariffs on $50 Billion of Chinese Goods," 15 June 2018 The Trump administration is preparing to release a refined list of Chinese products to be hit with tariffs that homes in on technologies where China wants to establish itself as a leader, according to five people familiar with the matter. Andrew Mayeda, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump said to shape China tariff list to focus more on high tech," 14 June 2018 Town House 31, Via Carlo Goldoni 31, 02-701-56; townhouse.it/th31: A refined boutique hotel. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "ELLE DECOR Goes to Milan," 20 Sep. 2010 So this refined suit, then, marks a new style chapter for number 13. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Odell Beckham Jr. Is Winning at Life in This Buttery Calvin Klein Suit," 13 Nov. 2018 During that time, Girard designed hundreds of patterns, each with a refined eye toward pattern and geometry. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Alexander Girard’s forgotten textile patterns find new life as rugs," 9 Nov. 2018 Among refined products, gasoline futures for December delivery fell 0.2% to $1.6443 a gallon. Dan Molinski, WSJ, "U.S. Oil Enters Bear Market on Rising Inventories, Worries of Oversupply," 8 Nov. 2018 In the end, my nose would be smaller, with a straighter bridge, a refined tip, and more clearly defined nostrils. Allure, "I Got Rhinoplasty at 25 — Here's What to Expect From a Nose Job," 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of refined

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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refined

adjective

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

refined

adjective
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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