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English definition of “refinery”


noun [C]     /rɪˈfaɪnəri/ (plural refineries)
PRODUCTION a factory where different products are made from a basic product, usually oil or sugar: an oil/sugar refinery Jobs may be lost at the refinery.
(Definition of refinery noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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