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Definitions of refrain

  1. To keep one's self from action; to forbear. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To hold within bounds; abstain from action; forbear. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To hold back; to restrain; to keep within prescribed bounds; to curb; to govern. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To abstain from Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To curb: to restrain. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To keep one's self from action or interference; to hold aloof; to forbear; to abstain. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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.
  8. To keep from action: to forbear. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. To abstain; for bear. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. not do something; "He refrained from hitting him back"; "she could not forbear weeping" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. 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
  12. To hold back; to restrain. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. 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.
  14. the part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. 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.
  16. Recurrent phrase or burden of a song. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  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.

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Usage examples for refrain

  1. However, recognizing as you must the delicacy of the situation resulting from the position I occupy and the relation that I sustain to the administration, you will, I know, refrain from saying and doing anything that will place me in an embarrassing position before the public and before the administration with which I am identified. – The Facts of Reconstruction by John R. Lynch
  2. James Hope said to me last night that we should refrain from taking vengeance. – The Northern Iron 1907 by George A. Birmingham
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