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Refrain meaning

refrain - 7 dictionary results

  1. 1. choose no to consume; " I abstain from alcohol"
  2. 2. To hold back; to restrain; to keep within prescribed bounds; to curb; to govern.
  3. 3. To abstain from
  4. 4. To keep one's self from action or interference; to hold aloof; to forbear; to abstain.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. Recurrent phrase or burden of a song.
  7. 7. To abstain; for bear.

refrain - examples of usage

  1. She seemed to consider, looking once more into the red of the fire, and decided to refrain from any explanation. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. The elder men cannot refrain from chuckling over the altered tone of the inhabitants of cities towards the farmers. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  3. I well knew the risk I was taking, but I could not refrain. - "They Call Me Carpenter", Upton Sinclair.
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