polish, refine, fine-tune, down(verb)
improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
"refine one's style of writing"
complicate, refine, rarify, elaborate(verb)
make more complex, intricate, or richer
"refine a design or pattern"
treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition
"refine paper stock"; "refine pig iron"; "refine oil"
reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities
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"
make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of
"refine a method of analysis"; "refine the constant in the equation"
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.
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.
To become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter.
To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence.
To affect nicety or subtlety in thought or language.
Origin: From re- + fine.
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
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
to become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter
to improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence
to affect nicety or subtilty in thought or language
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
The numerical value of refine in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of refine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of refine in a Sentence
War is cruel and you cannot refine it.
We are certainly looking at our systems and will refine them as needed.
This research will allow the scientists to refine the techniques for creating GM babies.
We can refine our ways of analyzing this tracer in this larger sample and hopefully move this field even further.
It is books that teach us to refine our pleasures when young, and to recall them with satisfaction when we are old.
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- refinarCatalan, Valencian
- kultivovat, pročistit, rafinovat, čistit, vylepšovat, vyčistitCzech
- rense, forbedre, forfine, raffinereDanish
- perfeccionar, refinarSpanish
- puhdistaa, jalostaa, jalostua, kehittää, hioaFinnish
- rifinire, raffinare, ripulire, decontaminare, sgrossare, decantare, purificare, migliorare, impreziosire, lucidare, perfezionareItalian
- purificar, refinarPortuguese
- уточнять, очищать, облагораживать, совершенствоваться, детализироватьRussian
- raffinera, förfinaSwedish
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