[ verb ] improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
"refine one's style of writing"
Used in print(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)
The severe yet harmonious vases of the previous fifty years , the Strong Geometric style of the late ninth century , display as firm a mastery of the principles underlying Geometric pottery ; but artists now were ready to refine and elaborate their inheritance .
[ verb ] make more complex, intricate, or richer
"refine a design or pattern"
Used in print(Harold Rosenberg, "The Trial and Eichmann"...)
It was the conclusion of the first phase of a process of tragic recollection , and of refining the recollection , that will last as_long_as there are Jews .
[ verb ] attenuate or reduce in vigor, strength, or validity by polishing or purifying
"many valuable nutrients are refined out of the foods in our modern diet"