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Meaning of refine

re•fine

Pronunciation: (ri-fīn'), [key]
— v., -fined, -fin•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to bring to a fine or a pure state; free from impurities: to refine metal, sugar, or petroleum.
  2. to purify from what is coarse, vulgar, or debasing; make elegant or cultured.
  3. to bring to a finer state or form by purifying.
  4. to make more fine, subtle, or precise: to refine one's writing style.
—v.i.
  1. to become pure.
  2. to become more fine, elegant, or polished.
  3. to make fine distinctions in thought or language.
  4. to improve by inserting finer distinctions, superior elements, etc.: to refine on one's previous work.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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