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See also: refiné
- (transitive) To purify; reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; to free from impurities
2013 August 3, “Yesterday’s fuel”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
- The dawn of the oil age was fairly recent. Although the stuff was used to waterproof boats in the Middle East 6,000 years ago, extracting it in earnest began only in 1859 after an oil strike in Pennsylvania. […] It was used to make kerosene, the main fuel for artificial lighting after overfishing led to a shortage of whale blubber. Other liquids produced in the refining process, too unstable or smoky for lamplight, were burned or dumped.
to refine gold
to refine iron
to refine wine
to refine sugar
- (intransitive) To become pure; to be cleared of impure matter.
- (transitive) To purify of coarseness, vulgarity, inelegance etc.
to refine someone's manners
to refine a language
A refined style
to refine one's tastes
- (transitive, intransitive) To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence.
- (transitive) To make nice or subtle
to refine thought
to refine someone's language
to reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; to free from impurities; to free from dross or alloy
to purify from what is gross, coarse, vulgar, inelegant, low, and the like; to make elegant or excellent; to polish
to become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter
to improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence
to affect nicety or subtlety in thought or language
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- refine in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- refine in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
- first-person singular imperative of
- third-person singular imperative of