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Synonyms for refine

Synonyms for (verb) refine

Synonyms: elaborate, complicate, refine, rarify Definition: make more complex, intricate, or richer Usage: refine a design or pattern

Similar words: alter, change, modify Definition: cause to change; make different; cause a transformation Usage: The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city; The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue

Synonyms: refine Definition: make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of Usage: refine a method of analysis; refine the constant in the equation

Similar words: alter, change, modify Definition: cause to change; make different; cause a transformation Usage: The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city; The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue

Synonyms: refine Definition: attenuate or reduce in vigor, strength, or validity by polishing or purifying Usage: many valuable nutrients are refined out of the foods in our modern diet

Similar words: attenuate Definition: become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude

Synonyms: polish, refine, fine-tune, down Definition: improve or perfect by pruning or polishing Usage: refine one's style of writing

Similar words: meliorate, improve, ameliorate, amend, better Definition: to make better Usage: The editor improved the manuscript with his changes

Synonyms: rectify, refine Definition: reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities Usage: refine sugar

Similar words: purify, distill, make pure, sublimate Definition: remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation Usage: purify the water

Synonyms: refine Definition: treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition Usage: refine paper stock; refine pig iron; refine oil

Similar words: treat, process Definition: subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition Usage: process cheese; process hair; treat the water so it can be drunk; treat the lawn with chemicals; treat an oil spill