(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. purify, cleanse, educate, improve, polish, cultivate, elaborate. See purity, improvement.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To purify]
Syn. rarefy, strain, filter, clarify; see clean , filter 2 , purify .
2. [To improve]
Syn. perfect, polish, cultivate, hone; see civilize , improve 1 , sharpen 2 .
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb X. To make or become clear by the removal of impurities: clarify, clean, cleanse, purify. See CLEAN. 2. To bring to perfection or completion: perfect, polish, smooth. Idiom: smooth off the rough edges. See BETTER.

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  • Refine — Re*fine (r?*f?n ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Refined} ( find ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Refining}.] [Pref. re + fine to make fine: cf. F. raffiner.] 1. To reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; to free from impurities; to free from dross or alloy; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • refine — [ri fīn′] vt. refined, refining [ RE + FINE1, v., based on Fr raffiner, to purify] 1. to make fine or pure; free from impurities, dross, alloy, sediment, etc.; purify; clarify 2. to free from imperfection, coarseness, crudeness, etc.; make more… …   English World dictionary

  • refine — [v1] purify clarify, cleanse, distill, filter, process, rarefy, strain; concept 165 Ant. corrupt, dirty, pollute refine [v2] perfect, polish better, civilize, clarify, cultivate, elevate, explain, hone, improve, make clear, round, sleek, slick,… …   New thesaurus

  • Refine — Re*fine , v. i. 1. To become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter. [1913 Webster] So the pure, limpid stream, when foul with stains, Works itself clear, and, as it runs, refines. Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • refine — UK US /rɪˈfaɪn/ verb [T] ► PRODUCTION to improve something or to make it pure, especially by removing material that is not wanted: »Crude oil is industrially refined to purify it. ► to improve an idea, a method, a system, etc. by making small… …   Financial and business terms

  • refine — (v.) 1580s, of metals, c.1590 of manners, from RE (Cf. re ), intensive prefix, + obsolete fine (v.) make fine, from FINE (Cf. fine) (adj.) delicate. Cf. Fr. raffiner, It. raffinare, Sp. refinar. General and figurative sense is recorded from… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • refine — 01. I need to practice a lot in order to [refine] my tennis serve. 02. She shows a lot of promise as a violinist, but she needs to [refine] her technique somewhat. 03. Police raided an illegal laboratory in a house in Seattle today where they… …   Grammatical examples in English

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