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  • make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of
    • refine a method of analysis
    • refine the constant in the equation
  • 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
  • reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities
    • refine sugar
  • treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition
    • refine paper stock
    • refine pig iron
    • refine oil
  • make more complex, intricate, or richer
    • refine a design or pattern
  • improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
    • refine one's style of writing
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