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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.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. refrain

    forbear, hold, abstain, keep, restrain, withhold, desist from

    indulge, venture, continue, persist

Princeton's WordNet

  1. refrain, chorusverb

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

    chorus line, chorus

    move, act

  2. refrain, forbearverb

    resist doing something

    "He refrained from hitting him back"; "she could not forbear weeping"

    desist, forbear, hold back, abstain

    move, act

  3. abstain, refrain, desistverb

    choose not to consume

    "I abstain from alcohol"

    desist, forbear, abstain

    act, move

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. refrainverb

    restrain, withhold, keep back

  2. refrainverb

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

  3. refrainnoun

    burden (of a song)

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. refrainverb

    restrain, curb, check, forbear, abstain, desist

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "refrain":

    abstain, chorus, abstaining, avoid, desist

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How to use refrain in a sentence?

  1. Melissa DeRosa:

    I would just ask that everyone refrain from judgment until the attorney general is allowed to do her work, everyone’s going to fully comply with that.

  2. Baris Ince:

    Nobody has done a proper corruption story since ... Has bribery come to an end in Turkey? Obviously not, but journalists don't believe they can win a court case, so they say, 'I'll spare myself the trouble and refrain from writing such stories', which is extremely troublesome in terms of freedom of speech and press.

  3. Hua Chunying:

    We urge the Indonesian side to refrain from any action that complicates or magnifies the dispute, or impacts the peace and stability of the region.

  4. Georgy Margvelashvili:

    I call on everyone to refrain from taking any drastic steps and to rein in their emotions.

  5. The United:

    The United States condemns these actions and calls on the DPRK to refrain from any further destabilizing acts, the The United States commitment to the defense of( South Korea) and Japan, remains ironclad.

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