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refined

adjective uk   /rɪˈfaɪnd/ us  

refined adjective (CHANGED)

A refined substance has been made pure by removing other substances from it: refined foods such as white bread and white sugarNatural and artificial C2 improved because of many small changes that have been made: highly refined theoriesQuite good, or not very goodSuitable and acceptable

refined adjective (POLITE)

C2 very polite and showing knowledge of social rulesPolite and respectfulPolite and respectful
(Definition of refined from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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