|—vb (often foll by out)|
|1.||to make or become free from impurities, sediment, or other foreign matter; purify|
|2.||(tr) to separate (a mixture) into pure constituents, as in an oil refinery|
|3.||to make or become free from coarse characteristics; make or become elegant or polished|
|4.||to remove (something impure or extraneous)|
|6.||(tr) to make (language) more subtle or polished|
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refine re·fine (rĭ-fīn')
v. re·fined, re·fin·ing, re·fines
To reduce to a pure state; purify.
The process of refining metals is referred to by way of illustrations in Isa. 1:25; Jer. 6:29; Zech. 13:9; Mal. 3:2, 3.