refine synonyms

Here's a list of possible synonyms and antonyms for the term refine:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. polish, refine, fine-tune, down(verb)

    improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

    Synonyms:
    land, push down, pull down, polish up, round off, down, go through, elaborate, belt down, rarify, drink down, round, shoot down, cut down, complicate, kill, toss off, smoothen, calibrate, bolt down, rectify, shine, brush up, graduate, tweak, pour down, smooth, pop, devour, fine-tune, knock down, consume, polish, refine

  2. complicate, refine, rarify, elaborate(verb)

    make more complex, intricate, or richer

    Synonyms:
    elaborate, refine, perplex, lucubrate, exposit, polish, down, rarify, fine-tune, work out, rectify, dilate, expatiate, expand, expound, flesh out, complicate, enlarge

  3. refine(verb)

    treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition

    Synonyms:
    rectify, rarify, down, elaborate, complicate, polish, fine-tune

  4. refine, rectify(verb)

    reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities

    Synonyms:
    elaborate, refine, reclaim, right, regenerate, polish, down, rarify, fine-tune, correct, rectify, reform, amend, remedy, complicate, repair, remediate

  5. refine(verb)

    attenuate or reduce in vigor, strength, or validity by polishing or purifying

    Synonyms:
    rectify, rarify, down, elaborate, complicate, polish, fine-tune

  6. refine(verb)

    make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of

    Synonyms:
    rectify, rarify, down, elaborate, complicate, polish, fine-tune

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. refine

    Castigate and chastise refer strictly to corporal punishment, tho both are somewhat archaic; correct and punish are often used as euphemisms in preference to either. Punish is distinctly retributive in sense; chastise, partly retributive, and partly corrective; chasten, wholly corrective. Chasten is used exclusively in the spiritual sense, and chiefly of the visitation of God.

    Synonyms:
    afflict, castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, discipline, humble, punish, purify, soften, subdue, try

    Preposition:
    "We are chastened of the Lord," 1 Cor. xi, 32; "they ... chastened us after their own pleasure, but He for our profit," Heb. xii, 10; "chasten in thy hot displeasure," Ps. iv, 7; chasten with pain; by trials and sorrows.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. refine(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    purify, clarify, fine, defecate

  2. refine(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    cultivate, polish, make elegant

  3. refine(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    become pure, be clarified

  4. refine(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    improve, make improvement

  5. refine(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    be over-nice, affect nicety, split hairs, make useless distinctions

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

fine-tune, sharpen, improve, hone, refining, fine-tuning, specify, clarify, develop, improving, refined, enhance



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