- having or showing well-bred feeling, taste, etc.: refined people.
- freed or free from coarseness, vulgarity, etc.: refined taste.
- freed from impurities: refined sugar.
- very subtle, precise, or exact: refined distinctions.
Origin of refined
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- to bring to a fine or a pure state; free from impurities: to refine metal, sugar, or petroleum.
- to purify from what is coarse, vulgar, or debasing; make elegant or cultured.
- to bring to a finer state or form by purifying.
- to make more fine, subtle, or precise: to refine one's writing style.
- to become pure: The silver is refining in the furnace.
- to become more fine, elegant, or polished: His parents hope that his manners will refine as he gets older.
- to make fine distinctions in thought or language.
- refine on/upon, to improve by inserting finer distinctions, superior elements, etc.: to refine on one's previous work.
Origin of refine
Examples from the Web for refined
To produce deliciously smooth drams of single malt, the region has refined the ancient art of distillation.When It Comes to Great Whisky, The Size of Your Still Matters
December 9, 2014
In refined form, sugar (also known as sucrose) has been linked to everything from heart disease to diabetes.Are Artificial Sweeteners Wrecking Your Diet?
September 30, 2014
From the refined attire at Lincoln Center to the avant-garde dress downtown, we spotted many of the big 2014 trends.New York Fashion Week's Style on the Streets
September 11, 2014
Stacks of refined (left) and crude (right) Tin ingots after smelting.Will You Choose a Conflict-Free Microprocessor?
May 29, 2014
Refined, elegant, and to the manor born, Betty is everything that Don is not.Every Woman Don Draper’s Hooked Up With on ‘Mad Men’
April 13, 2014
Sympathetic persons are apt to assume that every refined emotion must be ennobling.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Major Harper, the oldest, most refined and most soldierly of them all, was also the handsomest.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
But it is in graceful, refined France that cookery is and has been, a pet art.Culture and Cooking
His accent was none of the Elberthal one; it was fine, refined, polished.The First Violin
Not in vain you live, for every passing eye is cheered and refined by the vision.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- not coarse or vulgar; genteel, elegant, or polite
- subtle; discriminating
- freed from impurities; purified
- to make or become free from impurities, sediment, or other foreign matter; purify
- (tr) to separate (a mixture) into pure constituents, as in an oil refinery
- to make or become free from coarse characteristics; make or become elegant or polished
- (tr often foll by out) to remove (something impure or extraneous)
- (intr ; often foll by on or upon) to enlarge or improve (upon) by making subtle or fine distinctions
- (tr) to make (language) more subtle or polished
Word Origin and History for refined
1570s, "subtle;" 1580s, "elegant;" 1590s, "purified," past participle adjective from refine (v.).
- To reduce to a pure state; purify.