refine

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.

Primary Meanings of refine

1.
v
reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities
2.
v
improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
Full Definitions of refine
1

v reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities

refine sugar”
Synonyms:
rectify
Type of:
distill, make pure, purify, sublimate
remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation

v 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”
Type of:
attenuate
become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude

v treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition

refine paper stock”
refine pig iron”
refine oil”
Type of:
process, treat
subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition
2

v improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

refine one's style of writing”
Synonyms:
down, fine-tune, polish
Types:
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
sophisticate
make less natural or innocent
Type of:
ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
to make better

v make more complex, intricate, or richer

refine a design or pattern”
Synonyms:
complicate, elaborate, rarify
Types:
involve
make complex or intricate or complicated
develop
elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme
sophisticate
make more complex or refined
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of

refine a method of analysis”
refine the constant in the equation”
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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