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Definition of Refine

Refine

  1. 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; to defecate; as, to refine gold or silver; to refine iron; to refine wine or sugar.
  2. To purify from what is gross, coarse, vulgar, inelegant, low, and the like; to make elegant or exellent; to polish; as, to refine the manners, the language, the style, the taste, the intellect, or the moral feelings.
  3. To become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter.
  4. To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence.
  5. To affect nicety or subtilty in thought or language.

Refine Quotations

Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.
T. S. Eliot

The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind.
Washington Irving

I have terrible hearing trouble. I have unwittingly helped to invent and refine a type of music that makes its principal proponents deaf.
Pete Townshend

I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock. I don't quite know how to explain it but it's there. These can't be the only notes in the world, there's got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys.
Marvin Gaye

We must abandon the unworkable notion that it is morally reprehensible for some countries to pursue weapons of mass destruction, yet morally acceptable for others to rely on them for security - and indeed to continue to refine their capacities and postulate plans for their use.
Mohamed ElBaradei
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Refine Translations

refine in Dutch is louteren, raffineren, verfijnen
refine in German is verfeinern, verfeinern, raffiniere
refine in Latin is excolo
refine in Spanish is refinar

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