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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.

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

    "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.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. polish, refine, fine-tune, downverb

    improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

    "refine one's style of writing"

    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

  2. complicate, refine, rarify, elaborateverb

    make more complex, intricate, or richer

    "refine a design or pattern"

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

  3. refineverb

    treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition

    "refine paper stock"; "refine pig iron"; "refine oil"

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

  4. refine, rectifyverb

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

    "refine sugar"

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

  5. refineverb

    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"

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

  6. refineverb

    make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of

    "refine a method of analysis"; "refine the constant in the equation"

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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. refineverb

    purify, clarify, fine, defecate

  2. refineverb

    cultivate, polish, make elegant

  3. refineverb

    become pure, be clarified

  4. refineverb

    improve, make improvement

  5. refineverb

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. refineverb

    purify, defecate, clarify, sublimate, subtilize, sublime, devulgarize, decrassify

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  1. Aaron Herzig:

    The defendants strongly believe that neither Cincinnati Public Schools, its employees, nor the school nurse were responsible for the tragic death of Gabriel Taye, cincinnati Public Schools embraces the goal of eliminating bullying within schools, as well as continuing to refine and improve reporting, management, and training processes related to incidents of bullying.

  2. Martin Weisskopf:

    IXPE will help us test and refine our theories of how the universe works, there may be even more exciting answers ahead than the ones we've hypothesized. Better yet, we may find whole lists of new questions to ask !

  3. One Democratic member:

    For some members this probably helps, but there a bunch of us who use this as guidance/suggestions for polling. And then refine a message that is better for our districts, the national leaders can do what they want. My job is to win and come back.

  4. Arias Canete:

    And those things must be in the operational core part of the agreement, not otherwise. If we have an agreement of that nature, it will be valid, it will be an instrument and then we'll have to refine it over time, if we just say these are the INDCs on the table and in 2030 we convey another conference to say what we are going to do, it is not valid.

  5. Kevin Russell:

    He would refine his ideas through talking things out with people. I think one of the things he may have gotten disappointed with the Supreme Court was the lack of regular personal interaction among the justices. They have a very formal system where they communicate with each other through memos.

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  • refinarCatalan, Valencian
  • kultivovat, vylepšovat, čistit, vyčistit, rafinovat, pročistitCzech
  • rense, forfine, forbedre, raffinereDanish
  • verfeinernGerman
  • rafiniEsperanto
  • refinar, perfeccionarSpanish
  • hioa, jalostua, jalostaa, kehittää, puhdistaaFinnish
  • השתבחHebrew
  • finomítaniHungarian
  • memperhalusIndonesian
  • purificare, lucidare, migliorare, perfezionare, impreziosire, decantare, sgrossare, decontaminare, ripulire, raffinare, rifinireItalian
  • whakaparakoreMāori
  • raffinereNorwegian
  • purificar, refinarPortuguese
  • детализировать, очищать, совершенствоваться, уточнять, облагораживатьRussian
  • förfina, raffineraSwedish

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    An antonym of "spellbound"
    • A. fascinated
    • B. mesmerized
    • C. transfixed
    • D. disenchanted

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