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refinement

noun [C/U]  us   /rɪˈfɑɪn·mənt/
the process of improving something: [C] The accuracy of the machine has been increased through a number of refinements. [U] The refinement of sugar cane produces sugar. Refinement also means means the quality of politeness seen in someone's behavior: [U] She grew up in a home environment of culture and refinement.
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