- Refine is defined as to purify, to make more polished, or to become more defined.
- An example of refine is removing impurities from an olive oil.
- An example of refine is teaching manners and etiquette to a hoodlum.
- An example of refine is removing all the filler words from a speech.
refine definition by Webster's New World
transitive verb refined, refining
- to make fine or pure; free from impurities, dross, alloy, sediment, etc.; purify; clarify
- to free from imperfection, coarseness, crudeness, etc.; make more elegant or cultivated; impart polish to
- to make more subtle or precise
Origin: re- plush fine, verb , based on French raffiner, to purify
- to become fine or pure; become free from impurities, etc.
- to become more polished or elegant
- to use subtleties and fine distinctions in thinking or speaking
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- refiner noun
refine definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
verb re·fined, re·fin·ing, re·fines verb, transitive
- To reduce to a pure state; purify.
- To remove by purifying.
- To free from coarse, unsuitable, or immoral characteristics: refined his manners; refined her speaking style.
- To become free of impurities.
- To acquire polish or elegance.
- To use precise distinctions and subtlety in thought or speech.
- re·finˈer noun
refine - Medical Definition
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To reduce to a pure state; purify.
refine - Phrases/Idioms
refine onor refine upon
to improve, as by adding refinements