Definition of refined in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Choose whole grains, such as whole-wheat breads, rather than refined grains and sugars.’
    • ‘There can be no ingestion of refined or artificial sugar for obvious reasons - it's just counterproductive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ecuador has its own supply of oil from the Amazon, but it sells this and buys refined oil, chiefly from Venezuela.’
    • ‘They're consuming foods containing refined white flour and sugar, milk and high fat dairy products.’
    • ‘For instance, refined sugar is the big one that comes to mind first.’
    • ‘Carbonated drinks are the single biggest source of refined sugars in the American diet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are being replaced by readily accessible foods high in saturated fat, sugar, and refined carbohydrates.’
    • ‘Also limit the amount of refined carbohydrates such as sugar and white bread in the diet while including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.’
    • ‘Another dietary factor that increases the loss of calcium from the body is refined sugar.’
    • ‘In American colonial times, sugar was not as refined as nowadays and contained impurities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Again your emphasis at this time should be to replace simple carbs and refined foods with less processed complex carbs for energy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    purified, pure, clarified, clear, strained, sifted, filtered, rarefied, distilled, concentrated, processed, treated, polished
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    1. 1.1Elegant and cultured in appearance, manner, or taste.
      ‘her voice was very low and refined’
      • ‘Julia Blake plays Claire, a refined and elegant beauty whiling away the rest of her life in a stagnant marriage to John.’
      • ‘The Lady Look range features the elegant and refined styles for the season.’
      • ‘It's only gotten worse lately in Old City - which, let's be honest, has never been a bastion of refined taste and manners.’
      • ‘Although his orchestra isn't the most refined and sumptuous, they play with character.’
      • ‘No less refined and elegant is a rosewood card table (Pl. V) made by Charles Honore Lannuier of New York City.’
      • ‘Serena looked up, revealing an elegant face with refined features.’
      • ‘Such songbirds were considered the most elegant and refined of pets, a living reference to traditional Chinese art and poetry.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The elegance of refined Shanghai ladies of the first half of last century is long lost.’
      • ‘He looks particularly handsome tonight, the picture of refined elegance in his traditional tuxedo, complete with waistcoat and pure white silk shirt.’
      • ‘By the 1870, ferns were so commonplace that they were no longer considered a symbol of refined taste.’
      • ‘Her clothing style is subtler, and more refined.’
      • ‘This popularity not only confers celebrity status on gardeners but shows the garden owner as a person of refined taste, the minister said.’
      • ‘Hereditary chiefs were distinguished by refined manners, dignity, honor, and self-confidence.’
      • ‘Campbell's manner is refined and thoughtful; he is not a forceful lecturer, but a measured and methodical rhetorician.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      cultivated, cultured, polished, civilized, stylish, elegant, sophisticated, urbane
      discriminating, discerning, selective, fastidious, sensitive, perceptive
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    2. 1.2Developed or improved so as to be precise or subtle.
      ‘building up a more refined profile of the customer's needs’
      • ‘Her elegantly refined woodcuts benefit from the limitations of the medium, which require simplification and succinctness.’
      • ‘Scoring of WASL questions is a highly refined and rigorous process.’
      • ‘Rob Dailey and Todd Fiscus have natural gifts for Design - good taste and a refined eye - that most of us long for.’
      • ‘It is conceivable that a more refined and precise way of parametrization could have led to a totally different result.’
      • ‘Over the past 20 years sinus surgery has become a more precise and refined procedure due to the introduction of telescopes and CT scans.’
      • ‘They'd stripped the prototype engine out and were constructing a more refined version.’
      • ‘Second, Edwards developed a very refined understanding of Christ's office as the Mediator between God and man.’
      • ‘He follows the pattern of a classic Japanese filmmaker with technique so highly refined as to be invisible.’
      • ‘A far more refined and subtle form of revenge, one would think.’
      • ‘However, a more refined understanding of the species' habitat requirements is needed.’
      • ‘This is a realistic story about two people who meet as strangers and remain that way, told with an elegant, refined grace.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Once Islamic Spain boasted such magnificent structures, distinguished educational centers, and a refined culture and society.’
      • ‘In my view, this is clearly the work of a more refined and subtle draughtsman.’
      • ‘This refined process expedites the work of the Board members and helps them make efficient, knowledge-based decisions.’
      • ‘Hood responds with a careful preamble about the refined admissions process Oxford has put in place.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first CD contains choral music of the most refined and ethereal sort.’