Definition of refined adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈfaɪnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈfaɪnd//
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  1. 1[usually before noun] (of a substance) made pure by having other substances taken out of it refined sugar
  2. 2(of a person) polite, well educated and able to judge the quality of things; having the sort of manners that are considered typical of a high social class synonym cultured, genteel Beneath his refined manners and superficial elegance the man was a snake. opposite unrefined
  3. Extra examples Avoid foods rich in fat or refined sugar. Many foods are now refined to such an extent that the natural fibre is lost. The pieces were made with modern refined silver.
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