What does refine mean?

Definitions for refine
rɪˈfaɪnre·fine

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word refine.

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.

  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

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.]

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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. William Tecumseh Sherman:

    War is cruel and you cannot refine it.

  2. Steve Warren:

    We are certainly looking at our systems and will refine them as needed.

  3. David King:

    This research will allow the scientists to refine the techniques for creating GM babies.

  4. Robert Stern:

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

  5. James Henry Leigh Hunt:

    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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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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