Definition of refined in English:

refined

adjective

  • 1With impurities or unwanted elements having been removed by processing:

    ‘refined sugar’
    • ‘They're consuming foods containing refined white flour and sugar, milk and high fat dairy products.’
    • ‘Ecuador has its own supply of oil from the Amazon, but it sells this and buys refined oil, chiefly from Venezuela.’
    • ‘Much of it is familiar territory: for good health, cut back on sugar, avoid refined foods, take regular exercise, eat oily fish and drink at most one unit of alcohol a day.’
    • ‘Unrefined cane sugar is whole sugar cane in crystal form, with more trace nutrients than refined white sugar.’
    • ‘Most are less refined than white sugar, have a slightly higher nutritional value, and tend to be broken down more slowly in the body, creating less impact on blood sugar.’
    • ‘High levels of bad cholesterol has become one of the biggest health issues in the Western world in the last few decades, and at the same time we're eating more and more processed and refined foods.’
    • ‘Other companies are converting the sludge into fuel. The heavy metal problem appears to originate from the over use of highly refined and processed toilet paper.’
    • ‘In American colonial times, sugar was not as refined as nowadays and contained impurities.’
    • ‘They're packaged as healthy foods and marketed as meal replacements, but these are highly refined foods; often, they have a lot of refined sugars.’
    • ‘Choose whole grains, such as whole-wheat breads, rather than refined grains and sugars.’
    • ‘Carrots contain quite large amounts of sugar, and have occasionally been used as a source of refined sugar; but in this role they cannot compare with the sweeter but otherwise useless sugar beet.’
    • ‘The most universally vilified ingredient in breakfast cereals is refined white sugar, and for good reason.’
    • ‘The benefits of eating refined cereals seem to have been forgotten.’
    • ‘Also limit the amount of refined carbohydrates such as sugar and white bread in the diet while including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.’
    • ‘Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are being replaced by readily accessible foods high in saturated fat, sugar, and refined carbohydrates.’
    • ‘Carbonated drinks are the single biggest source of refined sugars in the American diet.’
    • ‘For instance, refined sugar is the big one that comes to mind first.’
    • ‘There can be no ingestion of refined or artificial sugar for obvious reasons - it's just counterproductive.’
    • ‘Another dietary factor that increases the loss of calcium from the body is refined sugar.’
    • ‘Again your emphasis at this time should be to replace simple carbs and refined foods with less processed complex carbs for energy.’
    purified, pure, clarified, clear, strained, sifted, filtered, rarefied, distilled, concentrated, processed, treated, polished
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    1. 1.1 Elegant and cultured in appearance, manner, or taste:
      ‘her voice was very low and refined’
      • ‘Not for him elegant comedy about refined people.’
      • ‘The client got something very elegant and very refined that will look as good in ten years as it looks now.’
      • ‘He looks particularly handsome tonight, the picture of refined elegance in his traditional tuxedo, complete with waistcoat and pure white silk shirt.’
      • ‘Her clothing style is subtler, and more refined.’
      • ‘Julia Blake plays Claire, a refined and elegant beauty whiling away the rest of her life in a stagnant marriage to John.’
      • ‘Having been kept as a house slave by his planter-master, who had taught him to read and write, he had acquired refined, civilized tastes.’
      • ‘Campbell's manner is refined and thoughtful; he is not a forceful lecturer, but a measured and methodical rhetorician.’
      • ‘This popularity not only confers celebrity status on gardeners but shows the garden owner as a person of refined taste, the minister said.’
      • ‘Such songbirds were considered the most elegant and refined of pets, a living reference to traditional Chinese art and poetry.’
      • ‘The Lady Look range features the elegant and refined styles for the season.’
      • ‘The elegance of refined Shanghai ladies of the first half of last century is long lost.’
      • ‘The quintessence of luxury, based upon a range of cashmere and guanashina, the main collection for this winter is an irresistible invitation to enjoy the ultimate in refined elegance.’
      • ‘However, given his head, he seems to prefer more modest patterns, the result of which is a refined, tasteful elegance.’
      • ‘Nostalgia for the refined elegance of the older woman is all the rage in New York at the moment, with glossy magazines featuring models wearing tweeds, wool coats and pearls.’
      • ‘By the 1870, ferns were so commonplace that they were no longer considered a symbol of refined taste.’
      • ‘Hereditary chiefs were distinguished by refined manners, dignity, honor, and self-confidence.’
      • ‘Although his orchestra isn't the most refined and sumptuous, they play with character.’
      • ‘Serena looked up, revealing an elegant face with refined features.’
      • ‘No less refined and elegant is a rosewood card table (Pl. V) made by Charles Honore Lannuier of New York City.’
      • ‘It's only gotten worse lately in Old City - which, let's be honest, has never been a bastion of refined taste and manners.’
      cultivated, cultured, polished, civilized, stylish, elegant, sophisticated, urbane
      discriminating, discerning, selective, fastidious, sensitive, perceptive
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    2. 1.2 Developed or improved so as to be precise or subtle:
      ‘building up a more refined profile of the customer's needs’
      • ‘A far more refined and subtle form of revenge, one would think.’
      • ‘He follows the pattern of a classic Japanese filmmaker with technique so highly refined as to be invisible.’
      • ‘This refined process expedites the work of the Board members and helps them make efficient, knowledge-based decisions.’
      • ‘Rob Dailey and Todd Fiscus have natural gifts for Design - good taste and a refined eye - that most of us long for.’
      • ‘Scoring of WASL questions is a highly refined and rigorous process.’
      • ‘Second, Edwards developed a very refined understanding of Christ's office as the Mediator between God and man.’
      • ‘They'd stripped the prototype engine out and were constructing a more refined version.’
      • ‘In my view, this is clearly the work of a more refined and subtle draughtsman.’
      • ‘Her elegantly refined woodcuts benefit from the limitations of the medium, which require simplification and succinctness.’
      • ‘It is conceivable that a more refined and precise way of parametrization could have led to a totally different result.’
      • ‘Once Islamic Spain boasted such magnificent structures, distinguished educational centers, and a refined culture and society.’
      • ‘We all know that in order to be fully prepared to appreciate the more elegant and refined of football experiences, one has to first rid oneself of one's negative emotions.’
      • ‘Judge Posner's statement is more refined and precise than Karl Rove's, but I think they were both talking about basically the same phenomenon.’
      • ‘This is a realistic story about two people who meet as strangers and remain that way, told with an elegant, refined grace.’
      • ‘The first CD contains choral music of the most refined and ethereal sort.’
      • ‘Over the past 20 years sinus surgery has become a more precise and refined procedure due to the introduction of telescopes and CT scans.’
      • ‘However, a more refined understanding of the species' habitat requirements is needed.’
      • ‘Hood responds with a careful preamble about the refined admissions process Oxford has put in place.’

Pronunciation:

refined

/rɪˈfʌɪnd/