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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Jünger’s war diaries, translated here with damning clarity by Thomas and Abby Hansen, are a fascinating, refined and disturbing record of the moral disasters of Nazism and collaboration. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘A German Officer in Occupied Paris’ Review: A Very Refined Occupation," 15 Feb. 2019 On Galaxy phones, One UI brings a refined aesthetic and smart interface that shifts content and menus to make apps more intuitive, and moving it to tablets is a logical and important step toward building an iOS-like ecosystem. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "The ultra-thin Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e has an OLED screen, Android Pie and no S Pen for $400," 15 Feb. 2019 The pure lines of the room offer a simple yet refined environment with a Creole feel, made with stone, wood, resin, and gray marble. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At," 9 Feb. 2019 The market is expecting a roughly 2.5 million-barrel decline in crude inventories over the past week, but a build in refined-product inventories, according to Warren Patterson, analyst at ING Bank. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Oil Rebounds on Chinese Stimulus," 15 Jan. 2019 Lewis’s muscular human, animal, and sometimes human-animal hybrid forms, like the landscape itself, reflects the perennial tension between the wild and the refined. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa’s Other Big Five," 20 Dec. 2018 The project, just launched on Kickstarter, is a small desktop 3D printer that connects to 3D graphics software, allowing people to craft refined objects like vases, light fixtures, and detailed buddha heads. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "New 3D printer takes the mess out of ceramics," 11 Dec. 2018 The host of MasterChef Italia for its first six seasons, Cracco has the firebrand personality (and good looks) of a TV sensation, the refined taste of a chef with a Michelin star, and the roving curiosity of a world traveler. Town & Country, "The Secret Worlds of Milan’s Design Illuminati," 21 Sep. 2018 The Forbes brothers had more austere but still refined taste and were patrons of cultural and philanthopic causes. Randall Fuller, WSJ, "‘Barons of the Sea’ Review: Rigging the Market," 19 July 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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