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  Definition of refine
  1. make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or pattern"
  2. make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of; "refine a method of analysis"; "refine the constant in the equation"
  3. 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"
  4. improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one''s style of writing"
  5. reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities; "refine sugar"
  6. treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition; "refine paper stock"; "refine pig iron"; "refine oil"
Similar Words: complicate, rarify, elaborate, polish, fine-tune, down, rectify

 

Hyponyms: involve, develop, sophisticate, overrefine, over-refine, educate, school, train, cultivate, civilize, civilise

 

Derivational Morphology: refinement, elaboration, elaborateness, intricacy, involution, working out, complicatedness, complication, knottiness, nuance, nicety, shade, subtlety, polish, culture, cultivation, finish, refiner, rectification, refining, purification, refinery

 

Anagrams: Fenrir, ferine

 

 
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