verb (used with object), re·fined, re·fin·ing.
verb (used without object), re·fined, re·fin·ing.
Origin of refine
Examples from the Web for 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|Joshua DuBois|November 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Saudi Arabia sits on top of a vast reservoir of high quality oil that is cheap to pump and cheap to refine.
Iran imports food, machinery and even gasoline, as it cannot refine enough to fuel its own cars.
Gingrich will be offered an opportunity to refine his views.Michael Tomasky: Newt’s Racist Surge May Sink Romney in South Carolina|Michael Tomasky|January 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But the council cautioned that the Department of Homeland Security needs to “refine its overly broad definitions of criminality.”Immigration Lawyers Say Enforcement of Deportation Memo Falls Short|Terry Greene Sterling|November 19, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The attempt to refine tragedy was as hopeless as the attempt to moralise comedy.English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century|Leslie Stephen
When the masses are thus cultured they will refine instead of demoralize our public men.Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel|Frank G. Allen
I've never set up to refine the public myself, or else I could fake it easy enough!
He will spend his life in refining away his own happiness: but do not let him refine away yours.Camilla|Fanny Burney
I have found that a lamp post is calculated to refine the mind and give it a classical tendency.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit|Charles Dickens
Word Origin for refine
1580s, of metals, c.1590 of manners, from re-, intensive prefix, + obsolete fine (v.) "make fine," from fine (adj.) "delicate." Cf. French raffiner, Italian raffinare, Spanish refinar. General and figurative sense is recorded from 1590s; of sugar, from 1610s. Related: Refined; refining.