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refinement

noun uk   /rɪˈfaɪn.mənt/ us  

refinement noun (CHANGE)

[U] the process of making a substance pure: The refinement of raw opium yields other drugs, such as morphine.Correcting and mendingEditing and compilingIndustrial processing [C or U] a small change that improves something: These refinements have increased the machine's accuracy by 25 percent. Clearly, the hypothesis does need some refinement, in the light of these surprising results.Becoming betterMaking things betterMaking progress and advancingChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently

refinement noun (POLITENESS)

[U] a quality of politeness and education: She's the personification of culture and refinement.Manners and levels of formalityPolite and respectful
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