re·​fined ri-ˈfīnd How to pronounce refined (audio)
: free from impurities
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of refined was in 1582

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“Refined.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: socially well-trained : well-bred, cultivated
very refined manners
: freed from impurities : pure
refined sugar
: carried to a fine point : subtle
refined measurements

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