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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To refine beyond a desired or appropriate point.

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  • v. To refine to an excessive degree

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To refine too much.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To refine too much; refine with an undue amount of subtlety.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. refine too much or with excess of subtlety
  • v. refine too much or with excess of subtlety

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