The refined white sugar is on the left, whereas the raw sugar on the right has a tan color.
- 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.
transitive verb-·fined′, -·fin′ing
- 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 of refinere- + fine, verb , based on French raffiner, to purify
- to become fine or pure; become free from impurities, etc.
- to make something more polished or elegant
verbre·fined, re·fin·ing, re·fines
- 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.
(third-person singular simple present refines, present participle refining, simple past and past participle refined)
- To reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; to free from impurities; to free from dross or alloy; to separate from extraneous matter; to purify
- to refine gold or silver; to refine iron; to refine wine or sugar
- To purify from what is gross, coarse, vulgar, inelegant, low, and the like; to make elegant or excellent; to polish.
- to refine the manners, the language, the style, the taste, the intellect, or the moral feelings
- To become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter.
- To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence.
- To affect nicety or subtlety in thought or language.
From re- + fine.