What does refine mean?

Definitions for refine
rɪˈfaɪnre·fine

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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"

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.

    Etymology: From re- + fine.

  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.

    Etymology: From re- + fine.

  3. refine(Verb)

    To become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter.

    Etymology: From re- + fine.

  4. refine(Verb)

    To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence.

    Etymology: From re- + fine.

  5. refine(Verb)

    To affect nicety or subtlety in thought or language.

    Etymology: 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

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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Numerology

  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. Jonathan Collins:

    Just as all new, successful technologies are taken for granted by each generation that has never lived without them, the technologies' existence will be part of the fabric and foundation for that generation, they will either develop and refine or reject the technologies they inherit.

  2. Dagmar Konnopke:

    Of course the seasonings in (the former Communist) east .. those flavors aren't available anymore. Today we have to buy other seasonings, but the basic ingredients we use to refine the taste of our ketchup have stayed the same for decades.

  3. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

    I presume that if this wreckage does turn out to be from a Boeing 777 that the analysts will do their best ... to try to work out exactly where it came from, i don't know how accurate that will be but I dare say it will give us some more evidence and it might enable us to further refine the search area, it might.

  4. Adam Schiff:

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., arrives for a Democratic Caucus meeting in Washington back in March. Adam Schiff, the focus of Republicans' post-Mueller ire, says Mueller's conclusion would not affect his own committee's counterintelligence probes. ( AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) As both the special counsel and the Department of Justice have recognized, the Congress has a vital constitutional role in evaluating misconduct by the executive branch, including the president, and to assess and refine laws that address the sweeping and systematic invasion of our democracy by Russia, we therefore need these materials in order to do our job.

  5. Patrick Ellis:

    It's just too early to put a solid strategy in place, we have still got so much to solve with the regulators in order to be able to then refine the strategy for launch.

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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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