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"refine" in British English

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refineverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪˈfaɪn/
to make something ​pure or ​improve something, ​especially by ​removingunwantedmaterial: Crude oil is ​industrially refined to ​purify it and ​separate out the different ​elements, such as ​benzene.C2 to ​improve an ​idea, ​method, ​system, etc. by making ​smallchanges: Engineers ​spent many ​months refining the ​software.
(Definition of refine from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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refineverb [T]

 us   /rɪˈfɑɪn/
to make a ​substancepure by ​removingunwantedmaterial: Sugar and ​oil are refined before use. To refine something also ​means to ​improve it by making ​smallchanges: We haven’t ​finished refining the ​planyet.
(Definition of refine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"refine" in Business English

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refineverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪˈfaɪn/
PRODUCTION to ​improve something or to make it pure, especially by ​removingmaterial that is not wanted: Crude ​oil is ​industrially refined to purify it.
to ​improve an ​idea, a ​method, a ​system, etc. by making ​smallchanges: Engineers ​spent many months refining the ​software.
(Definition of refine from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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