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Definition 1: reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities - [verb of change]

Samples where refine or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • refine sugar

Synonyms for refine in the sense of this definition

(refine is a kind of ...) remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation

"purify the water"

Definition 2: improve or perfect by pruning or polishing - [verb of change]

Samples where refine or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • refine one's style of writing

Synonyms for refine in the sense of this definition

(refine is a kind of ...) to make better

"The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

(... is a kind of refine ) refine too much or with excess of subtlety

"He is overrefining this matter"

(... is a kind of refine ) teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment

"Cultivate your musical taste" "Train your tastebuds" "She is well schooled in poetry"

Definition 3: treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition - [verb of change]

Samples where refine or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • refine paper stock
  • refine pig iron
  • refine oil

(refine is a kind of ...) subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition

"process cheese" "process hair" "treat the water so it can be drunk" "treat the lawn with chemicals" "treat an oil spill"

Definition 4: attenuate or reduce in vigor, strength, or intensity by polishing or purifying - [verb of change]

Samples where refine or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(refine is a kind of ...) become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude

Definition 5: make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of - [verb of change]

Samples where refine or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • refine a method of analysis
  • refine the constant in the equation

(refine is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

Definition 6: make more complex, intricate, or richer - [verb of change]

Samples where refine or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • refine a design or pattern

Synonyms for refine in the sense of this definition

(refine is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of refine ) make complex or intricate or complicated

"The situation was rather involved"

(... is a kind of refine ) elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme

"develop the melody and change the key"

(... is a kind of refine ) make more complex or refined

"a sophisticated design"

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