refrain synonyms

Here's a list of possible synonyms and antonyms for the term refrain:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. refrain, chorus(verb)

    the part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers

    chorus line, refrain, chorus

    move, act

  2. refrain, forbear(verb)

    resist doing something

    desist, forbear, refrain, hold back, abstain

    move, act

  3. abstain, refrain, desist(verb)

    choose not to consume

    desist, forbear, refrain, abstain

    act, move

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. refrain

    Strains of music may gradually or suddenly cease. A man quits work on the instant; he may discontinue a practise gradually; he quits suddenly and completely; he stops short in what he may or may not resume; he pauses in what he will probably resume. What intermits or is intermitted returns again, as a fever that intermits. Compare ABANDON; DIE; END; REST.

    abstain, bring to an end, cease, come to an end, conclude, desist, discontinue, end, end, finish, give over, intermit, leave off, pause, quit, stop, terminate

    begin, commence, enter upon, inaugurate, initiate, institute, originate, set about, set going, set in operation, set on foot, start

    Cease from anger.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. refrain(v. a.)

    restrain, withhold, keep back

  2. refrain(v. n.)

    abstain, forbear, hold one's self back, deny one's self, stay one's hand, keep one's self from indulgence

  3. refrain(n.)

    burden (of a song)

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

abstain, chorus, abstaining, avoid, desist