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Meaning of “refinement” in the English Dictionary

"refinement" in British English

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refinementnoun

uk   us   /rɪˈfaɪn.mənt/
  • refinement noun (CHANGE)

[U] the ​process of making a ​substancepure: The refinement of ​rawopiumyields other ​drugs, such as ​morphine. [C or U] a ​smallchange 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 ​surprisingresults.
  • refinement noun (POLITENESS)

[U] a ​quality of ​politeness and ​education: She's the ​personification of ​culture and refinement.
(Definition of refinement from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"refinement" in American English

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refinementnoun [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 ​sugarcaneproducessugar. Refinement also ​meansmeans the ​quality of ​politenessseen in someone's ​behavior: [U] She ​grew up in a ​homeenvironment of ​culture and refinement.
(Definition of refinement from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"refinement" in Business English

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refinementnoun

uk   us   /rɪˈfaɪnmənt/
[U] PRODUCTION the ​process of making a substance pure: The refinement of ​raw opium ​yields other ​drugs, such as morphine.
[C or U] a ​smallchange that ​improves something: These refinements have ​increased the machine's ​accuracy by 25%. Long-term ​costreductions will be ​achieved through the refinement of ​operations.
(Definition of refinement from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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