refinement

noun

re·​fine·​ment ri-ˈfīn-mənt How to pronounce refinement (audio)
1
: the action or process of refining
2
: the quality or state of being refined : cultivation
3
a
: a refined feature or method
b
: a highly refined distinction : subtlety
c
: a contrivance or device intended to improve or perfect

Examples of refinement in a Sentence

the recent refinements in this area of medical technology 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
Recent Examples on the Web Data Processing: Crafting The Raw Into The Refined Once collected, the raw data enters the second phase of its journey—processing and refinement. Sandro Shubladze, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Besides, in today’s Russia, the empire is embraced as a symbol of formidable force rather than cultural refinement. Pavel Khazanov, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 With unusual off-center framing, the camera of cinematographer Charlie Goodger tries to match the dynamic nimbleness and refinement of Anthony’s physicality when practicing. Carlos Aguilar, Variety, 9 Feb. 2024 Charming and mysterious, Jay Shorey strives to balance his connection to the Chicago underworld with his desperate yearning for the refinement and protection of high society. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 This dissonance between the veneer of refinement and the sinister forces pulsing beneath has become especially stark in recent decades, as the United Kingdom, stripped of its empire, has found a new role as a commodious base for global kleptocrats. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 This approach supports incremental development, encourages adaptability and fosters a culture of ongoing feedback and refinement. Ranghan Venkatraman, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Improve both the aesthetics and functionality of your decor with these sophisticated Decorative Books, adding a touch of refinement to any room. Jessica Copeland, Rolling Stone, 31 Jan. 2024 The students said Hydrilla Hunter remains very much a work in development that needs further testing and refinement. Edmund H. Mahony, Hartford Courant, 1 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of refinement was circa 1611

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“Refinement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/refinement. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

refinement

noun
re·​fine·​ment ri-ˈfīn-mənt How to pronounce refinement (audio)
1
: the action or process of refining
2
: the state of being refined : cultivation
3
a
: something that has been refined
refinements in dress and behavior
b
: something intended to improve or refine

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