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refine

[ ri-fahyn ]
/ r瑟藞fa瑟n /
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verb (used with object), re路fined, re路fin路ing.
verb (used without object), re路fined, re路fin路ing.
Verb Phrases
refine on / upon to improve by inserting finer distinctions, superior elements, etc.: to refine on one's previous work.
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Origin of refine

First recorded in 1575鈥85; re- + fine1

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British Dictionary definitions for refine

refine
/ (r瑟藞fa瑟n) /

verb
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 refine

refinable, adjective

Word Origin for refine

C16: from re- + fine 1
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