[ ri-fahynd ]
/ rɪˈfaɪnd /


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

First recorded in 1565–75; refine + -ed2


Definition for refined (2 of 2)

[ ri-fahyn ]
/ rɪˈfaɪn /

verb (used with object), re·fined, re·fin·ing.

verb (used without object), re·fined, re·fin·ing.

Verb Phrases

refine on/upon, to improve by inserting finer distinctions, superior elements, etc.: to refine on one's previous work.

Origin of refine

First recorded in 1575–85; re- + fine1

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British Dictionary definitions for refined (1 of 2)

/ (rɪˈfaɪnd) /


not coarse or vulgar; genteel, elegant, or polite
subtle; discriminating
freed from impurities; purified

British Dictionary definitions for refined (2 of 2)

/ (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 refine

refinable, adjective

Word Origin for refine

C16: from re- + fine 1
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Medical definitions for refined

[ rĭ-fīn ]


To reduce to a pure state; purify.
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