Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “refine”

refine

verb [T]
 
 
/rɪˈfaɪn/
PRODUCTION to improve something or to make it pure, especially by removing material that is not wanted: Crude oil is industrially refined to purify it.
to improve an idea, a method, a system, etc. by making small changes: Engineers spent many months refining the software.
(Definition of refine from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of refine?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “refine” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

scrumpy

an alcoholic drink made from apples

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More