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.
Refined his manners; refined her speaking style.
To refine the manners, the language, the style, the taste, the intellect, or the moral feelings.
- To improve, as by adding refinements.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of refine
- From re- + fine.