- "refine one's style of writing"
- "refine a design or pattern"
treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition
- "refine oil"
- "refine pig iron"
- "refine paper stock"
reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities
- "refine sugar"
attenuate or reduce in vigor, strength, or validity by polishing or purifying
- "many valuable nutrients are refined out of the foods in our modern diet"
make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of
- "refine the constant in the equation"
- "refine a method of analysis"
used of persons and their behavior; cultivated and genteel
- "refined people with refined taste"
- "she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship"
freed from impurities by processing
- "to gild refined gold - Shakespeare"
- "refined sugar"
- "refined oil"