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5 definitions found
 for refrain
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Refrain \Re*frain"\, v. i.
     To keep one's self from action or interference; to hold
     aloof; to forbear; to abstain.
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           Refrain from these men, and let them alone. --Acts v.
                                                    38.
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           They refrained therefrom [eating flesh] some time
           after.                                   --Sir T.
                                                    Browne.
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     Syn: To hold back; forbear; abstain; withhold.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Refrain \Re*frain"\ (r[-e]*fr[=a]n"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Refrained (-fr[=a]nd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Refraining.] [OE.
     refreinen, OF. refrener, F. refr['e]ner, fr. L. refrenare;
     influenced by OF. refraindre to restrain, moderate, fr. LL.
     refrangere, for L. refringere to break up, break (see
     Refract). L. refrenare is fr. pref. re- back + frenum
     bridle; cf. Skr. dh[.r] to hold.]
     1. To hold back; to restrain; to keep within prescribed
        bounds; to curb; to govern.
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              His reason refraineth not his foul delight or
              talent.                               --Chaucer.
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              Refrain thy foot from their path.     --Prov. i. 15.
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     2. To abstain from. [Obs.]
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              Who, requiring a remedy for his gout, received no
              other counsel than to refrain cold drink. --Sir T.
                                                    Browne.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Refrain \Re*frain"\, n. [F. refrain, fr. OF. refraindre; cf. Pr.
     refranhs a refrain, refranher to repeat. See
     Refract,{Refrain">Refract,{Refrain, v.]
     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.
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           We hear the wild refrain.                --Whittier.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  refrain
      n 1: the part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of
           singers [syn: refrain, chorus]
      v 1: resist doing something; "He refrained from hitting him
           back"; "she could not forbear weeping" [syn: refrain,
           forbear] [ant: act, move]
      2: choose not to consume; "I abstain from alcohol" [syn:
         abstain, refrain, desist] [ant: consume, have,
         ingest, take, take in]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  188 Moby Thesaurus words for "refrain":
     PS, Parthian shot, Spenserian stanza, abandon, abort, abstain,
     abstain from, addendum, afterthought, air, anacrusis, antistrophe,
     appendix, aria, arrest, avoid, back matter, bass passage, belay,
     bis, bob, book, bourdon, bridge, burden, cadence, cancel, canto,
     cantus, cease, chant, check, chorus, coda, codicil, colophon,
     conclusion, consequence, constrain, continuance, continuation,
     couplet, curb, cut it out, descant, desist, development,
     discontinue, dispense with, distich, ditto, division, do without,
     double take, drop it, dying words, end, envoi, epilogue, epode,
     eschew, exposition, figure, folderol, follow-through, follow-up,
     forbear, forgo, give over, give up, halt, harmonic close,
     have done with, heptastich, hexastich, hold, hold aloof from,
     hold back, hold off, inhibit, interlude, intermezzo, interrupt,
     introductory phrase, keep, keep back, keep from, keep in hand,
     knock it off, last words, lay, lay off, leave off, let alone,
     let go by, line, measure, melodia, melodic line, melody, monostich,
     movement, musical phrase, musical sentence, never touch, not touch,
     not use, note, octastich, octave, octet, ornament, ottava rima,
     part, parting shot, pass up, passage, pentastich, period,
     peroration, phrase, postface, postfix, postlude, postscript,
     quatrain, quit, refrain from, relinquish, renounce, repeat,
     repetend, reprise, reserve, resolution, response, restrain,
     rhyme royal, ritornello, save, scrub, second thought, section,
     septet, sequel, sequela, sequelae, sequelant, sequent, sequitur,
     sestet, sextet, shun, solo, solo part, song, soprano part, spare,
     stand aloof from, stanza, statement, stave, stay, stop, strain,
     strophe, subscript, suffix, supplement, swan song, syllable, tag,
     tailpiece, tercet, terminate, terza rima, tetrastich, treble,
     triplet, tristich, tune, tutti, tutti passage, undersong,
     variation, verse, waive, withhold
  
  

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