refine

verb
re·​fine | \ ri-ˈfīn How to pronounce refine (audio) \
refined; refining

Definition of refine

transitive verb

1 : to free (something, such as metal, sugar, or oil) from impurities or unwanted material
2 : to free from moral imperfection : elevate
3 : to improve or perfect by pruning or polishing refine a poetic style
4 : to reduce in vigor or intensity
5 : to free from what is coarse, vulgar, or uncouth

intransitive verb

1 : to become pure or perfected
2 : to make improvement by introducing subtleties or distinctions

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Other Words from refine

refiner noun

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Examples of refine in a Sentence

The inventor of the machine spent years refining the design. The class is meant to help you refine your writing style.
Recent Examples on the Web Industry working groups and advocacy teams will be needed to refine these and other standards and help with their adoption more broadly. Morris Panner, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 Each new title seems only to refine and distill the Pulitzer winner’s already gorgeous skills. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2021 The aim is to refine and elevate the permanent collection; so, if it gets sold, the income is reserved for future art purchases. Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2021 This process requires both the breadth to identify creative solutions and the depth to refine and bring them to life. Florenta Teodoridis, Fortune, 15 Oct. 2021 Makers of drugs, perfumes, and other products often use catalysts to refine and control the chemical reactions in their manufacturing processes. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 6 Oct. 2021 Facebook plans to refine and expand its use of the new policy going forward, according to David Agranovich, Facebook's director of global threat disruption. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Sep. 2021 Facebook plans to refine and expand its use of the new policy going forward, according to David Agranovich, Facebook's director of global threat disruption. David Klepper, ajc, 28 Sep. 2021 For now, the focus of the coral rescue is to refine the know-how for taking care of them and then transition that skill into fostering a huge population to be reintroduced eventually in Florida waters. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of refine

1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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24 Oct 2021

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“Refine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/refine. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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refine

verb

English Language Learners Definition of refine

: to remove the unwanted substances in (something)
: to improve (something) by making small changes

refine

verb
re·​fine | \ ri-ˈfīn How to pronounce refine (audio) \
refined; refining

Kids Definition of refine

1 : to bring to a pure state refine sugar
2 : to make better : improve He's refining his recipe.

refine

transitive verb
re·​fine | \ ri-ˈfīn How to pronounce refine (audio) \
refined; refining

Medical Definition of refine

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

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