, v. i. 1. To become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter.
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So the pure, limpid stream, when foul with stains,
Works itself clear, and, as it runs, refines.
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2. To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence.
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Chaucer refined on Boccace, and mended his stories.
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But let a lord once own the happy lines,
How the wit brightens! How the style refines!
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3. To affect nicety or subtilty in thought or language. "He makes another paragraph about our refining in controversy." Atterbury.
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