[ ri-fahyn ]
/ rɪˈfaɪn /
verb (used with object), re·fined, re·fin·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), re·fined, re·fin·ing.
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.
Words nearby refine
OTHER WORDS FROM refine
re·fin·a·ble, adjectivere·fin·er, nounpre·re·fine, verb (used with object), pre·re·fined, pre·re·fin·ing.self-re·fin·ing, adjective
su·per·re·fine, verb (used with object), su·per·re·fined, su·per·re·fin·ing.un·re·fin·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for refinable
/ (rɪˈfaɪn) /
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
Derived forms of refinerefinable, adjective
Word Origin for refine
C16: from re- + fine 1
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Medicine definitions for refinable
[ rĭ-fīn′ ]
To reduce to a pure state; purify.
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