refinement

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noun re·fine·ment \ri-ˈfīn-mənt\

Definition of refinement

  1. 1 :  the action or process of refining

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being refined :  cultivation

  3. 3a :  a refined feature or methodb :  a highly refined distinction :  subtletyc :  a contrivance or device intended to improve or perfect

Examples of refinement in a Sentence

  1. the recent refinements in this area of medical technology

  2. had a sense of refinement that her small hometown couldn't satisfy, so she moved to New York City to be closer to great museums and concert halls

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First Known Use of refinement

circa 1611


REFINEMENT Defined for English Language Learners

refinement

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Definition of refinement for English Language Learners

  • : the act or process of removing unwanted substances from something : the act or process of making something pure

  • : the act or process of improving something

  • : an improved version of something


REFINEMENT Defined for Kids

refinement

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noun re·fine·ment \ri-ˈfīn-mənt\

Definition of refinement for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or process of improving something or bringing something to a pure state refinement of sugar

  2. 2 :  excellence of manners or tastes a person of refinement

  3. 3 :  a small change meant to improve something



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