Refine - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈfaɪn|  American pronunciation of the word refine
Brit.  |rɪˈfʌɪn|  British pronunciation of the word refine


- improve or perfect by pruning or polishing(syn: down, fine-tune, polish)
- make more complex, intricate, or richer(syn: complicate, elaborate, rarify)
- treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition
- reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities(syn: rectify)
- attenuate or reduce in vigor, strength, or intensity by polishing or purifying
- make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of


The inventor of the machine spent years refining the design.

The class is meant to help you refine your writing style.

We shall have to refine on our methods of advertising.

Car makers are constantly refining their designs.

refine one's style of writing

many valuable nutrients are refined out of the foods in our modern diet

refine the constant in the equation

The Egyptians knew how to mine, refine and work iron.

an attempt to refine the existent machinery to make it more efficient

Word forms

I/you/we/they: refine
he/she/it: refines
present participle: refining
past tense: refined
past participle: refined
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