Adjective: refined ri'fInd
Verb: refine ri'fIn
- (used of persons and their behaviour) cultivated and genteel
"she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship"; "refined people with refined taste"
- Freed from impurities by processing
"refined oil"; "to gild refined gold"; "refined sugar";
- Showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience
"his refined manner";
- polished, svelte, urbane
- Suggesting taste, ease, and wealth
- elegant, graceful
- Free from what is tawdry or unbecoming
"a refined style";
- neat, tasteful
- Improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
"refine one's style of writing";
- polish, fine-tune, down
- Make more complex, intricate, or rich
"refine a design or pattern";
- complicate, rarify, elaborate
- Treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition
"refine paper stock"; "refine pig iron"; "refine oil"
- Reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities
- Attenuate or reduce in vigour, 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 a method of analysis"; "refine the constant in the equation"
See also: civilised [Brit], civilized, couth, cultivated, cultured, dainty, debonair, debonaire, debonnaire, delicate, elegant, fastidious, finespun, genteel, gentlemanlike, gentlemanly, gracious, ladylike, mincing, niminy-piminy, overrefined, patrician, polished, polite, prim, sophisticated, suave, superfine, twee [Brit], well-bred, well-mannered
Type of: alter, ameliorate, amend, attenuate, better, change, distil [Brit], distill [N. Amer], improve, make pure, meliorate, mend, modify, process, purify, sublimate, treat
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