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Definitions of refrain

  1. choose to refrain; "I abstain from alcohol" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. not do something; "He refrained from hitting him back"; "she could not forbear weeping" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. choose no to consume; "I abstain from alcohol" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. To hold back; to restrain; to keep within prescribed bounds; to curb; to govern. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To abstain from Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To keep one's self from action or interference; to hold aloof; to forbear; to abstain. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The burden of a song; a phrase or verse which recurs at the end of each of the separate stanzas or divisions of a poetic composition. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A phrase or strain repeated now and then throughout a poem or song; often, a verse or chorus of a song repeated at the end of each stanza. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To hold back; do without; check oneself; as, to refrain from doing a thing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. A phrase or verse recurring at the end of each division of a poem: the burden of a song. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. To curb: to restrain. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. To keep from action: to forbear. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Recurrent phrase or burden of a song. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. To abstain; for bear. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. To hold within bounds; abstain from action; forbear. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. A strain repeated at intervals, as in a song; a burden. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. The burden of a song or that which is repeated at the end of each stanza; a kind of musical repetition. See Refract. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. To hold back; to restrain. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. To keep one's self from action; to forbear. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. To restrain; to keep from action; to keep one's self from action or interference; to forbear. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  22. The burden of a song or piece of music; a kind of musical repetition. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. r[=e]-fr[=a]n', n. a burden or chorus recurring at the end of each division of a poem: the musical form to which the burden of a song is set: an after-taste or other sense impression. [O. Fr. refrain--refraindre--L. refring[)e]re (refrang[)e]re).] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  24. r[=e]-fr[=a]n', v.t. to curb: to restrain.--v.i. to keep from action: to forbear.--ns. REFRAIN'ER; REFRAIN'MENT. [O. Fr. refraindre (Fr. refréner)--Low L. refren[=a]re--re-, back, frenum, a bridle.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  25. Recurring phrase or line esp. at end of stanzas. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  26. Put restraint upon, curb, (oneself, one\'s tears, feelings, soul, &c.; archaic); abstain from doing something, abstain from act or doing. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  27. [O.Fr., L.] (Music.) The burden of a song, the phrase or verse, which, recurring, breaks it into equal parts. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  28. n. The burden of a song; a kind of musical repetition; repeat. Cabinet Dictionary

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