Definitions for refinerɪˈfaɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•finerɪˈfaɪn(v.)-fined, -fin•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to bring to a pure state; free or separate from impurities or other extraneous substances.

  2. to purify from what is coarse or debasing; make elegant or cultured.

  3. to bring to a finer state or form by purifying or polishing.

  4. to make more fine, subtle, or precise.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. (v.i.)to become pure.

  6. to become more elegant or polished.

  7. to make fine distinctions in thought or language.

  8. refine on or upon, to improve by inserting finer distinctions, superior elements, etc.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Origin of refine:

1575–85

re•fin′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. polish, refine, fine-tune, down(verb)

    improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

    "refine one's style of writing"

  2. complicate, refine, rarify, elaborate(verb)

    make more complex, intricate, or richer

    "refine a design or pattern"

  3. refine(verb)

    treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition

    "refine paper stock"; "refine pig iron"; "refine oil"

  4. refine, rectify(verb)

    reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities

    "refine sugar"

  5. 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"

  6. refine(verb)

    make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of

    "refine a method of analysis"; "refine the constant in the equation"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. refine(verb)ɪˈfaɪn

    to make a substance more pure by removing other substances

    techniques for refining oil/sugar

  2. refineɪˈfaɪn

    to change to make as perfect as possible

    He spent years refining his theory.

Wiktionary

  1. 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; as, to refine gold or silver; to refine iron; to refine wine or sugar.

  2. refine(Verb)

    To purify from what is gross, coarse, vulgar, inelegant, low, and the like; to make elegant or excellent; to polish; as, to refine the manners, the language, the style, the taste, the intellect, or the moral feelings.

  3. refine(Verb)

    To become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter.

  4. refine(Verb)

    To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence.

  5. refine(Verb)

    To affect nicety or subtlety in thought or language.

  6. Origin: From re- + fine.

Webster Dictionary

  1. 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; to defecate; as, to refine gold or silver; to refine iron; to refine wine or sugar

  2. Refine(verb)

    to purify from what is gross, coarse, vulgar, inelegant, low, and the like; to make elegant or exellent; to polish; as, to refine the manners, the language, the style, the taste, the intellect, or the moral feelings

  3. Refine(verb)

    to become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter

  4. Refine(verb)

    to improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence

  5. Refine(verb)

    to affect nicety or subtilty in thought or language


Translations for refine

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

refine(verb)

to make (a substance eg sugar) pure by taking out dirt, waste substances etc

Oil is refined before it is used.

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