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