Definition of refine :
1. To affect nicety or subtilty in thought or language.
2. To become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter.
3. To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence.
4. To purify from what is gross, coarse, vulgar, inelegant, low, and the like; to make elegant or exellent; to polish; as, to refine the manners, the language, the style, the taste, the intellect, or the moral feelings.
5. To reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; to free from impurities; to free from dross or alloy; to separate from extraneous matter; to purify; to defecate; as, to refine gold or silver; to refine iron; to refine wine or sugar.
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improve (part of speech: verb)
simplify (part of speech: verb)
purify (part of speech: verb)
- He studied until he knew what it looked like, smelled like, tasted like, and how to refine it. - "Acres of Diamonds", Russell H. Conwell.
- The drawing had been done by a wandering duchess who had seen the girl sketching in the foothills when on a visit to that " Wild West" which has such power to refine and inspire minds not superior to Nature. - "Northern Lights", Gilbert Parker.
- But why refine upon these points at all? - "The Ethnology of the British Islands", Robert Gordon Latham.