refine

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verb re·fine \ri-ˈfīn\

Definition of refine

refined

refining

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to free (as metal, sugar, or oil) from impurities or unwanted material

  3. 2 :  to free from moral imperfection :  elevate

  4. 3 :  to improve or perfect by pruning or polishing <refine a poetic style>

  5. 4 :  to reduce in vigor or intensity

  6. 5 :  to free from what is coarse, vulgar, or uncouth

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to become pure or perfected

  9. 2 :  to make improvement by introducing subtleties or distinctions

refiner

noun

Examples of refine in a sentence

  1. The inventor of the machine spent years refining the design.

  2. The class is meant to help you refine your writing style.

1582

First Known Use of refine

1582


REFINE Defined for English Language Learners

refine

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verb re·fine \ri-ˈfīn\

Definition of refine for English Language Learners

  • : to remove the unwanted substances in (something)

  • : to improve (something) by making small changes


REFINE Defined for Kids

refine

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verb re·fine \ri-ˈfīn\

Definition of refine for Students

refined

refining

  1. 1 :  to bring to a pure state <refine sugar>

  2. 2 :  to make better :  improve <He's refining his recipe.>


Medical Dictionary

refine

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transitive verb re·fine \ri-ˈfīn\

Medical Definition of refine

refined

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refining

  1. :  to free (as sugar or oil) from impurities or unwanted material



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