- (v.) polish, refine, fine-tune, down (improve or perfect by pruning or polishing) "refine one's style of writing"
- (v.) complicate, refine, rarify, elaborate (make more complex, intricate, or richer) "refine a design or pattern"
- (v.) refine (treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition) "refine paper stock"; "refine pig iron"; "refine oil"
- (v.) refine, rectify (reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities) "refine sugar"
- (v.) 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"
- (v.) refine (make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of) "refine a method of analysis"; "refine the constant in the equation"
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