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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 re·fine /rɪˈfaɪn/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 re·fine /rɪˈfaɪn/ 及物動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·fine, v. i.
 1. To become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter.
 So the pure, limpid stream, when foul with stains,
 Works itself clear, and, as it runs, refines.   --Addison.
 2. To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence.
    Chaucer refined on Boccace, and mended his stories.   --Dryden.
 But let a lord once own the happy lines,
 How the wit brightens! How the style refines!   --Pope.
 3. To affect nicety or subtilty in thought or language. “He makes another paragraph about our refining in controversy.”

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·fine v. t. [imp. & p. p. Refined p. pr. & vb. n. Refining.]
 1. To reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; to free from impurities; to free from dross or alloy; to separate from extraneous matter; to purify; to defecate; as, to refine gold or silver; to refine iron; to refine wine or sugar.
    I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined.   --Zech. xiii. 9.
 2. To purify from what is gross, coarse, vulgar, inelegant, low, and the like; to make elegant or exellent; to polish; as, to refine the manners, the language, the style, the taste, the intellect, or the moral feelings.
 Love refines
 The thoughts, and heart enlarges.   --Milton.
 Syn: -- To purify; clarify; polish; ennoble.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's
           style of writing" [syn: polish, fine-tune, down]
      2: make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or
         pattern" [syn: complicate, rarify, elaborate]
      3: treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition; "refine
         paper stock"; "refine pig iron"; "refine oil"
      4: reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from
         extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities; "refine
         sugar" [syn: rectify]
      5: 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"
      6: make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of;
         "refine a method of analysis"; "refine the constant in the