verb (used with object), re·fined, re·fin·ing.
verb (used without object), re·fined, re·fin·ing.
Origin of refine
Related Words for refineclarify, hone, cultivate, civilize, improve, process, rarefy, distill, filter, strain, cleanse, explain, smooth, slick, sleek, better, elevate, temper, round
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Contemporary Examples of refine
It makes us refine our arguments, and search for greater efficiencies, and do our jobs better.A U.S. Thanksgiving—Family Style: Fractious but Friendly
November 24, 2013
Saudi Arabia sits on top of a vast reservoir of high quality oil that is cheap to pump and cheap to refine.
But in the late 19th century, we learned how to refine grain and make white flour.It’s the End of the World Unless We All Start Cooking
April 23, 2013
We continue to research and refine abortion care while helping to break down barriers separating women from high-quality services.More on Dr. Gosnell
April 18, 2013
Iran imports food, machinery and even gasoline, as it cannot refine enough to fuel its own cars.Iran Sanctions: What's the Mission?
October 15, 2012
Historical Examples of refine
But the butcher had a sentiment for his business, and knew how to refine upon it.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Resist it not; it goes to refine and raise thy theory of matter just as much.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Loving is an art, and we all need to learn the art and to refine its practice.Herein is Love
Reuel L. Howe
Beer does not refine, perhaps,97 but at any rate it mellows.Europe After 8:15
H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
For the necessity for concentration only serves to strengthen and refine her aspiration.The Heart of Nature