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v. re·fined, re·fin·ing, re·fines
1. To reduce to a pure state; purify.
2. To remove by purifying.
3. To free from coarse, unsuitable, or immoral characteristics: refined his manners; refined her speaking style.
1. To become free of impurities.
2. To acquire polish or elegance.
3. To use precise distinctions and subtlety in thought or speech.

re·fin′er n.
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Noun1.refining - the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)refining - the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)
processing - preparing or putting through a prescribed procedure; "the processing of newly arrived immigrants"; "the processing of ore to obtain minerals"
rectification - (chemistry) the process of refinement or purification of a substance by distillation
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He also asked permission to get some dried meat and maize, saying that they were so busy with the work of refining that they had no time to hunt.
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Some 10,500 tons of calcined coke were loaded by Adnoc Refining, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), onto the M/V Lucky Ocho, a vessel chartered by Adnoc Logistics and Services, to be delivered in Yantai, China, by the end of April 2019, said a Wam news agency report.
Summary: Italy's Eni and Austria's OMV agreed to pay a combined US$ 5.8 billion to take a stake in ADNOC's refining business and establish a new trading operation owned by the three partners.