What does refine mean?

Definitions for refine
rɪˈfaɪnre·fine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. polish, refine, fine-tune, downverb

    improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

    "refine one's style of writing"

  2. complicate, refine, rarify, elaborateverb

    make more complex, intricate, or richer

    "refine a design or pattern"

  3. refineverb

    treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition

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

  4. refine, rectifyverb

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

    "refine sugar"

  5. refineverb

    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. refineverb

    make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of

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

Wiktionary

  1. refineverb

    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.

    Etymology: From re- + fine.

  2. refineverb

    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.

    Etymology: From re- + fine.

  3. refineverb

    To become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter.

    Etymology: From re- + fine.

  4. refineverb

    To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence.

    Etymology: From re- + fine.

  5. refineverb

    To affect nicety or subtlety in thought or language.

    Etymology: From re- + fine.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Refineverb

    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. Refineverb

    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. Refineverb

    to become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter

  4. Refineverb

    to improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence

  5. Refineverb

    to affect nicety or subtilty in thought or language

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Refine

    rē-fīn′, v.t. to separate from extraneous matter: to reduce to a fine or pure state: to purify: to clarify: to polish: to make elegant: to purify the manners, morals, language, &c.—v.i. to become fine or pure: to affect nicety: to improve in any kind of excellence.—p.adj. Refined′, made fine: polished: highly cultivated.—adv. Refin′edly, in a refined manner: with affected elegance.—ns. Refin′edness, Refine′ment, act of refining or state of being refined: purification: separation from what is impure, &c.: cultivation: elegance: polish: purity: an excessive nicety; Refin′er, one who refuses anything: a piece of mechanism for refining, as a gas purifier; Refin′ery, a place for refining; Refin′ing, the act or process of refining or purifying, particularly metals. [L. re-, denoting change of state, and fine; cf. Fr. raffiner.]

Editors Contribution

  1. refine

    to free (something, such as metal, sugar, or oil) from impurities or unwanted material;to free from moral imperfection : ELEVATE;to make something pure or improve something, especially by removing unwanted material;to improve an idea, method, system, etc. by making small changes;To make or become clear by the removal of impurities,to make a substance pure by removing unwanted material:clarify, clean, cleanse.to improve something or to make it pure, especially by removing material that is not wanted;To bring to perfection or completion:perfect,smooth.Idiom: smooth off the rough edges.purify, process, filter, cleanse, clarify, sift, distil, rarefy,improve, temper, hone, fine-tune, cultivate; improve or perfect by pruning or polishing:fine-tune, polish, down;make more complex, intricate, or richer:rarify, complicate, refine, elaborate;reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities;to become more fine, elegant, or polished;Attenuate or reduce in vigor,intensity, strength, or validity by polishing or purifying; To make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of;to purify/free from what is coarse,uncouth, vulgar, or debasing; make elegant or cultured;ameliorate, amend, better, enhance, enrich, help, meliorate, perfect, upgrade.

    Armed with data, governments can continuously refine their policies.

    Submitted by anonymous on July 2, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of refine in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of refine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of refine in a Sentence

  1. Robert Stern:

    We can refine our ways of analyzing this tracer in this larger sample and hopefully move this field even further.

  2. Richard Wender:

    Screening guidelines will constantly change in response to the emergence of new evidence. This is a good thing. As we learn more, we can refine guidelines based on new information. That's why it's important to keep updating guidelines. Groups are asked to balance the risks and benefits of a screening test, ultimately, there is no perfect answer. Guideline groups must bring their own values into the recommendation. Breast cancer is a good example.

  3. William Tecumseh Sherman:

    War is cruel and you cannot refine it.

  4. One Democratic member:

    For some members this probably helps, but there a bunch of us who use this as guidance/suggestions for polling. And then refine a message that is better for our districts, the national leaders can do what they want. My job is to win and come back.

  5. Jacek Krawiec:

    After many upgrades, we are ready in our refinery in Plock to refine a few dozen of different oil types from all over the world, but we still have to look at the economics, the possibility of having alternatives is significant to us.

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Translations for refine

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  • refinarCatalan, Valencian
  • kultivovat, pročistit, rafinovat, čistit, vylepšovat, vyčistitCzech
  • rense, forbedre, forfine, raffinereDanish
  • verfeinernGerman
  • rafiniEsperanto
  • perfeccionar, refinarSpanish
  • puhdistaa, jalostaa, jalostua, kehittää, hioaFinnish
  • השתבחHebrew
  • memperhalusIndonesian
  • rifinire, raffinare, ripulire, decontaminare, sgrossare, decantare, purificare, migliorare, impreziosire, lucidare, perfezionareItalian
  • whakaparakoreMāori
  • raffinereNorwegian
  • purificar, refinarPortuguese
  • уточнять, очищать, облагораживать, совершенствоваться, детализироватьRussian
  • raffinera, förfinaSwedish

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