Definition of


  1. (verb, change) improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
  2. (verb, change) make more complex, intricate, or richer
  3. (verb, change) treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition
    refine pig iron
    refine oil
  4. (verb, change) reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities
  5. (verb, change) attenuate or reduce in vigor, strength, or validity by polishing or purifying
  6. (verb, change) make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of
    refine the constant in the equation

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Origin of the word Refine

  1. 1582, of metals, 1588 of manners, from re-, intensive prefix + obs. fine (v.) "make fine," from fine (adj.) "delicate" (q.v.). Cf. Fr. raffiner, It. raffinare, Sp. refinar. General and fig. sense is recorded from 1596; of sugar, from 1613. Refinery in various senses is first recorded 1727. Refinement "act or process of refining" … more

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Words that sound like Refine

rapine, raven, ravenna, ravine, reopen, repine, reuben, revenue, ribbon, ribbony, riffian, ripen, rivina, robin, robinia, rope in, rpm, ruffian

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