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

    Synonyms:
    chorus line, refrain, chorus

    Antonyms:
    move, act

  2. refrain, forbear(verb)

    resist doing something

    Synonyms:
    desist, forbear, refrain, hold back, abstain

    Antonyms:
    move, act

  3. abstain, refrain, desist(verb)

    choose not to consume

    Synonyms:
    desist, forbear, refrain, abstain

    Antonyms:
    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.

    Synonyms:
    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

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

    Preposition:
    Cease from anger.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. refrain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    restrain, withhold, keep back

  2. refrain(v. n.)

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

  3. refrain(n.)

    Synonyms:
    burden (of a song)

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

abstain, chorus, abstaining, avoid, desist



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