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Synonyms for refrain
rɪˈfreɪn

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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, chorus

    Antonyms:
    move, act

  2. refrain, forbear(verb)

    resist doing something

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

    Synonyms:
    desist, forbear, hold back, abstain

    Antonyms:
    move, act

  3. abstain, refrain, desist(verb)

    choose not to consume

    "I abstain from alcohol"

    Synonyms:
    desist, forbear, 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.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. refrain

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

    Antonyms:
    indulge, venture, continue, persist

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)

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. refrain(v)

    Synonyms:
    restrain, curb, check, forbear, abstain, desist

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    abstain, chorus, abstaining, avoid, desist

How to pronounce refrain?

Alex
Alex
US English
Daniel
Daniel
British
Karen
Karen
Australian
Veena
Veena
Indian

How to say refrain in sign language?

  1. refrain

Words popularity by usage frequency

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#317end
#656keep
#1038stop
#1275hold
#2215avoid
#2674finish
#6027quit
#8026chorus
#8648conclude
#10518terminate
#10611pause
#11444cease
#17539refrain
#22808discontinue
#23641withhold
#28757abstain
#30094restrain
#35669desist
#63683abstaining
#90962forbear
#318728intermit

How to use refrain in a sentence?

  1. Mark Twain:

    It has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain when awake.

  2. Juvenal:

    Refrain from doing ill; for one all powerful reason, lest our children should copy our misdeeds; we are all too prone to imitate whatever is base and depraved.

  3. Walter Dwight:

    'We must do something' is the unanimous refrain. 'You begin' is the deadening refrain.

  4. Andrew Hampton:

    We call upon all cyber actors to refrain from activity that may jeopardise national or international responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  5. Rupert Colville:

    The government must end the persistent repression of dissent and the ongoing pattern of arbitrary arrests and refrain from criminalizing and attacking human rights defenders, political opponents and any other dissenting voices.


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