When you refine something, you make it better. Whether it's sugar or an essay, refining it requires fixing its flaws.

You may think you created a masterpiece on the first try. But there's always room to refine. More than just working out the kinks, refining something means you're going to fine tune it, hone it to perfection, and make it more precise. In scientific terms, to refine something means to reduce it down to a pure state. At the dinner table, you can please grandma by refining your manners.

Definitions of refine
  1. verb
    reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities
    refine sugar”
    synonyms: rectify
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    distill, make pure, purify, sublimate
    remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation
  2. verb
    attenuate or reduce in vigor, strength, or validity by polishing or purifying
    “many valuable nutrients are refined out of the foods in our modern diet”
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    become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude
  3. verb
    treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition
    refine paper stock”
    refine pig iron”
    refine oil”
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    type of:
    process, treat
    subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition
  4. verb
    improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
    refine one's style of writing”
    synonyms: down, fine-tune, polish
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    over-refine, overrefine
    refine too much or with excess of subtlety
    civilise, civilize, cultivate, educate, school, train
    teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
    make less natural or innocent
    type of:
    ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
    to make better
  5. verb
    make more complex, intricate, or richer
    refine a design or pattern”
    synonyms: complicate, elaborate, rarify
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    make complex or intricate or complicated
    elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme
    make more complex or refined
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  6. verb
    make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of
    refine a method of analysis”
    refine the constant in the equation”
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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