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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Her Whole 30-approved, paleo-friendy and vegan-friendly menu is entirely gluten-free, dairy-free and free of refined sugars. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "What's a crepe taco? Try this Algerian-French twist on a Texas staple at gluten-free Dallas restaurant," 28 June 2019 For a second time a characteristically subtle and refined Hermès show was held in the courtyard of the Mobilier National, France’s national furniture warehouse. New York Times, "Next Stop, Fashion Disney," 25 June 2019 Of course, inflation is a factor, and today’s bikes, built with space-age materials and super-refined suspensions and electronics, are a far cry from the simple steel bikes of a decade ago. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "What We Learned From Our 2019 Bike Test," 25 June 2019 Driving impressions Even the most modern diesels are renowned for being louder, shakier and generally less refined that gasoline engines, but Chevy’s new I-6 changes that. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how the 2020 Chevy Silverado pickup's quiet, powerful diesel is like a BMW," 23 June 2019 The board will hear more details about its refined list of options at its full meeting on Tuesday, June 25, at John Adams High School. Patrick O'donnell,, "New Tremont Montessori school, Karamu House partnership preferred by Cleveland school board," 19 June 2019 Prepare yourselves for a refined Downton Abbey return. Alexia Fernandez,, "Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery and More Stars Return to Downton Abbey in Regal Movie Posters," 18 June 2019 The cast of Downton Abbey is back — and serving refined period elegance — on nine new character posters for their upcoming movie adaptation of Julian Fellowes’ beloved television series. Joey Nolfi,, "Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery shine in regal new Downton Abbey posters," 17 June 2019 Soutine had shown de Kooning how to charge his refined line with a juicier, more muscular gesture. The New York Review of Books, "The Art of the Possible at Havana’s Bienal," 15 June 2019

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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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