Dictionary Results for refine


1. refine - verb

· improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's style of writing"

Synonym(s): polish, fine-tune, down

Hypernym(s): better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate




2. refine - verb

· make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or pattern"

Synonym(s): complicate, rarify, elaborate

Hypernym(s): change, alter, modify




3. refine - verb

· treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition; "refine paper stock"; "refine pig iron"; "refine oil"

Hypernym(s): process, treat




4. refine - verb

· reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities; "refine sugar"

Synonym(s): rectify

Hypernym(s): purify, sublimate, make_pure, distill




5. refine - verb

· attenuate or reduce in vigor, strength, or intensity by polishing or purifying; "many valuable nutrients are refined out of the foods in our modern diet"

Hypernym(s): attenuate




6. refine - verb

· make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of; "refine a method of analysis"; "refine the constant in the equation"

Hypernym(s): change, alter, modify





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