What does the word refine mean?

    Part of speech: noun


  • Part of speech: verb transitive, verb intransitive

  • To make subtle distinctions.

Usage examples for refine

  1. He perfectly realized at that moment- before the brain had begun to refine on the situation- what was asked of him. – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  2. The crude oil, however, has a high sulfur content and is expensive to refine. – Area Handbook for Albania by Eugene K. Keefe Sarah Jane Elpern William Giloane James M. Moore, Jr. Stephen Peters Eston T. White