Refine meaning

rĭ-fīn
To acquire polish or elegance.
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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.

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To remove by purifying.
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To reduce to a pure state; purify.
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To free from coarse, unsuitable, or immoral characteristics.

Refined his manners; refined her speaking style.

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To become free of impurities.
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To use precise distinctions and subtlety in thought or speech.
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To make fine or pure; free from impurities, dross, alloy, sediment, etc.; purify; clarify.
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To free from imperfection, coarseness, crudeness, etc.; make more elegant or cultivated; impart polish to.
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To make more subtle or precise.
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To become fine or pure; become free from impurities, etc.
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To make something more polished or elegant.
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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.

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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.

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To become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter.
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To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence.
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To affect nicety or subtlety in thought or language.
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refine on
  • To improve, as by adding refinements.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

refine on

Origin of refine

  • From re- + fine.

    From Wiktionary