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English definition of “refined”

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 sugar C2 improved because of many small changes that have been made: highly refined theories

refined adjective (POLITE)

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