Definition of refinement in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈfīnmənt/


1The process of removing impurities or unwanted elements from a substance: the refinement of uranium
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  • The answer lies in the fact that these molecules (together with other minerals and nutrients) are removed from our daily diets by refinement processes.
  • She spends nearly quarter of an hour talking me through the growing, shipping, refinement and chemical processes.
  • The bulk vaccine will be produced in Baxter's production facility in Europe and then shipped to the United States for refinement and processing.
purification, refining, processing, treatment, treating
1.1The improvement or clarification of something by the making of small changes: this gross figure needs considerable refinement recent refinements to production techniques
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  • Two refinements I would like to see are an improved, wider trigger bar, and a somewhat longer stem.
  • Thornton's basic typology remains persuasive, though later writers have added further refinements.
  • A further refinement is to establish a standardized numbering system to label all structures in contested areas.
improvement, polishing, honing, fine-tuning, touching up, finishing off, revision, editing, reworking
1.2Cultured elegance in behavior or manner: her carefully cultivated veneer of refinement
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  • Of course, calling Descartes the first nerd grossly ignores his personal refinement, elegant prose style, sly wit, even his surprising career as a soldier of fortune.
  • This place was a vacation from the discriminating world, a place where culture and refinement took a step down to allow raw emotion to pass.
  • These are people of refinement, they have manners and tact and I'm sure they're all expecting the same of you.
1.3Sophisticated and superior good taste: the refinement of Hellenistic art
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  • My own feeling is that Englishmen of taste and refinement prefer the longer word, but, sadly, American influence has meant that it is now falling out of use.
  • The flowery schemes shouldn't work, but they do (the line between bad taste and refinement can be a fine one).
  • It's a bit tacky, especially in comparison to the sophistication and refinement of the historic section.

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Syllabification: re·fine·ment

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