WordNet-Online
Free dictionary and thesaurus of English. Definitions, synonyms, antonyms and more...
Hint: double-click any word to get it searched!

Google
 

refine

 
Verb refine has 6 senses
  1. polish, refine, fine-tune, down - improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's style of writing"
    --1 is one way to better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate
    Derived forms: noun refinement1, noun refinement2, noun refiner1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
  2. complicate, refine, rarify, elaborate - make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or pattern"
    --2 is one way to change, alter, modify
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  3. refine - treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition; "refine paper stock"; "refine pig iron"; "refine oil"
    --3 is one way to
    process, treat
    Derived forms: noun refinement3, noun refiner1, noun refinery1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  4. refine, rectify - reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities; "refine sugar"
    --4 is one way to purify, sublimate, make pure, distill
    Derived forms: noun refinement3, noun refiner1, noun refining1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  5. refine - attenuate or reduce in vigor, strength, or validity by polishing or purifying; "many valuable nutrients are refined out of the foods in our modern diet"
    --5 is one way to
    attenuate
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  6. refine - make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of; "refine a method of analysis"; "refine the constant in the equation"
    --6 is one way to
    change, alter, modify
    Derived form: noun refinement4
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
WordNet-Online
Home | Free dictionary software | Copyright notice | Contact us | Network & desktop search | Search My Network | LAN Find | Reminder software | Software downloads | WordNet dictionary | Automotive thesaurus