[ US /ɹəˈfaɪnd, ɹɪˈfaɪnd/ ]
[ UK /ɹɪfˈa‍ɪnd/ ]
  1. showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience
    maintained an urbane tone in his letters
    his polished manner
  2. freed from impurities by processing
    refined sugar
    refined oil
    to gild refined gold
  3. precise to a fine degree
    due to the limitations of the available tools, a more refined analysis of the data may be necessary
  4. suggesting taste, ease, and wealth
  5. (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel
    refined people with refined taste
    she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship
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How To Use refined In A Sentence

  • They also have a dark side to them, which is somewhat refined, and makes us want to worship them. Times, Sunday Times
  • A short fellow with a refined bearing, Gavaskar consistently got hundreds and double-hundreds against top-class bowling.
  • Of course they spoke of their brew as if it were a medicinal cure-all when in reality they produced highly refined and greatly prized moonshine.
  • It has been frequently asked if the existing and accepted formula for determining in advance the amount of refined sugar that may be extracted from either beets, _masse cuite_ or raw sugar, is to be considered exact, without special allowance being made for raffinose. Scientific American Supplement, No. 832, December 12, 1891
  • The batwing sleeves and column shape flattered, but her messy hair and heavy make-up could have been more refined. The Sun
  • To this end, he refined two main techniques. The Times Literary Supplement
  • Leinsdorf shows unwonted impetuosity in his approach to tempos, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, while not consistently as refined as it could be, plays the music tautly.
  • You come along with me and I'll introduce you (he's not what you call a refined sort of feller, yer know, 'he explained forbearingly,' but still we've always been friends in a way); you can't stop? The Giant's Robe
  • At dinner, they ate as they had before, although in time Bittman found that even his evening meals came to include more "vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains and less meat, sugar, junk food, and overrefined carbohydrates. thoughts on the minimalist and "vegan until six"
  • Brent and I had seen to that when we refined her eye at musketry.
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