Definitions for (verb) refine

Main entry: elaborate, complicate, refine, rarify

Definition: make more complex, intricate, or richer

Usage: refine a design or pattern


Main entry: refine

Definition: make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of

Usage: refine a method of analysis; refine the constant in the equation


Main entry: 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


Main entry: polish, refine, fine-tune, down

Definition: improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

Usage: refine one's style of writing


Main entry: rectify, refine

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

Usage: refine sugar


Main entry: refine

Definition: treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition

Usage: refine paper stock; refine pig iron; refine oil