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refine

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Industry
refinere‧fine /rɪˈfaɪn/ ●○○ AWL verb [transitive]  1 IMPROVEto improve a method, plan, system etc by gradually making slight changes to it Car makers are constantly refining their designs.2 TIto make a substance purer using an industrial processrefinery oil refining
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refineThe oil is piped to the coast, where it is refined.The New Ager certainly demonstrates some of these qualities in the way that he creates and refines an original artistic fiction.There are huge profits in growing and refining cocaine.The dealers buy raw cocaine in the south, refine it here, and smuggle it into the north.It was a four week course, aimed at refining our understanding of the managerial role.The methods have been refined over the years, but not radically changed.refined petroleumAfter the first refining process the metal is washed.Engineers are working on developing and refining the car engines.Volvo spent three years refining the design of their new car.The authors suggest that new experiments to refine the system parameters should be carried out to achieve real global minimum.As they received complaints about this see-sawing, they began to refine their delegating behavior.In future it could provide cosmologists with a firm age with which to refine their models of how the Universe was formed.
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Verb table
refine
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyrefine
he, she, itrefines
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyrefined
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave refined
he, she, ithas refined
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad refined
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill refine
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have refined
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam refining
he, she, itis refining
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you, we, theyare refining
Past
I, he, she, itwas refining
you, we, theywere refining
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been refining
he, she, ithas been refining
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been refining
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be refining
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been refining
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