Refine

  • 1 Refine — Re*fine (r?*f?n ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Refined} ( find ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Refining}.] [Pref. re + fine to make fine: cf. F. raffiner.] 1. To reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; to free from impurities; to free from dross or alloy; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 refine\ on — • refine on • refine upon v 1. To make better; improve. Mary was asked to refine on her first outline to make it clearer and more exact. 2. To be better than; surpass. Modern medical techniques refine on those of the past …

    Словарь американских идиом

  • 3 refine — [ri fīn′] vt. refined, refining [ RE + FINE1, v., based on Fr raffiner, to purify] 1. to make fine or pure; free from impurities, dross, alloy, sediment, etc.; purify; clarify 2. to free from imperfection, coarseness, crudeness, etc.; make more… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 refine — [v1] purify clarify, cleanse, distill, filter, process, rarefy, strain; concept 165 Ant. corrupt, dirty, pollute refine [v2] perfect, polish better, civilize, clarify, cultivate, elevate, explain, hone, improve, make clear, round, sleek, slick,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 Refine — Re*fine , v. i. 1. To become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter. [1913 Webster] So the pure, limpid stream, when foul with stains, Works itself clear, and, as it runs, refines. Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 refine — I verb advance, amend, better, clarify, cleanse, clear, correct, cultivate, develop, edit, elaborate, elevate, emend, enhance, filter, filtrate, improve, improve upon, make improvements, meliorate, modify, perfect, polish, purify, rectify,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 refine — UK US /rɪˈfaɪn/ verb [T] ► PRODUCTION to improve something or to make it pure, especially by removing material that is not wanted: »Crude oil is industrially refined to purify it. ► to improve an idea, a method, a system, etc. by making small… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 8 refine — (v.) 1580s, of metals, c.1590 of manners, from RE (Cf. re ), intensive prefix, + obsolete fine (v.) make fine, from FINE (Cf. fine) (adj.) delicate. Cf. Fr. raffiner, It. raffinare, Sp. refinar. General and figurative sense is recorded from… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 Refine — A French term for a very fine napped woollen fabric, used for livery …

    Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • 10 refine — ► VERB 1) remove impurities or unwanted elements from. 2) make minor changes so as to improve (a theory or method). DERIVATIVES refiner noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 refine — 01. I need to practice a lot in order to [refine] my tennis serve. 02. She shows a lot of promise as a violinist, but she needs to [refine] her technique somewhat. 03. Police raided an illegal laboratory in a house in Seattle today where they… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 12 refine — refinable, adj. refiner, n. /ri fuyn /, v., refined, refining. v.t. 1. to bring to a fine or a pure state; free from impurities: to refine metal, sugar, or petroleum. 2. to purify from what is coarse, vulgar, or debasing; make elegant or cultured …

    Universalium

  • 13 refine — verb /ɹɪˈfaɪn/ a) 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; as, to refine gold or silver; to refine iron; to refine wine or sugar …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 refine — v. (d; intr.) to refine on, upon ( to improve ) (to refine on a method) * * * [rɪ faɪn] upon (to refine on a method; to improve ) (d; intr.) to refine on …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 refine — [c]/rəˈfaɪn / (say ruh fuyn) verb (refined, refining) –verb (t) 1. to bring to a fine or a pure state; free from impurities: to refine metal; to refine sugar; to refine petroleum. 2. to purify from what is coarse, vulgar, or debasing; make… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 refine on — or[refine upon] {v.} 1. To make better; improve. * /Mary was asked to refine on her first outline to make it clearer and more exact./ 2. To be better than; surpass. * /Modern medical techniques refine on those of the past./ …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 17 refine on — or[refine upon] {v.} 1. To make better; improve. * /Mary was asked to refine on her first outline to make it clearer and more exact./ 2. To be better than; surpass. * /Modern medical techniques refine on those of the past./ …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 18 refine — verb ADVERB ▪ slightly ▪ greatly ▪ further ▪ increasingly ▪ constantly, continually, continuousl …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 refine — UK [rɪˈfaɪn] / US verb [transitive] Word forms refine : present tense I/you/we/they refine he/she/it refines present participle refining past tense refined past participle refined 1) to make small changes to something in order to improve it We ve …

    English dictionary

  • 20 refine — verb (refined; refining) Date: 1582 transitive verb 1. to free (as metal, sugar, or oil) from impurities or unwanted material 2. to free from moral imperfection ; elevate 3. to improve or perfect by pruning or polishing < refine a poetic style >… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary


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