Associations to the word «Refine»

Wiktionary

REFINE, verb. 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
REFINE, verb. To purify from what is gross, coarse, vulgar, inelegant, low, and the like; to make elegant or excellent; to polish.
REFINE, verb. To become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter.
REFINE, verb. To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence.
REFINE, verb. To affect nicety or subtlety in thought or language.

Dictionary definition

REFINE, verb. Improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's style of writing".
REFINE, verb. Make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or pattern".
REFINE, verb. Treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition; "refine paper stock"; "refine pig iron"; "refine oil".
REFINE, verb. Reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities; "refine sugar".
REFINE, verb. Attenuate or reduce in vigor, strength, or validity by polishing or purifying; "many valuable nutrients are refined out of the foods in our modern diet".
REFINE, verb. Make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of; "refine a method of analysis"; "refine the constant in the equation".

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