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Synonyms for refrain

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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

    chorus line, chorus

    move, act

  2. refrain, forbear(verb)

    resist doing something

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

    desist, forbear, hold back, abstain

    move, act

  3. abstain, refrain, desist(verb)

    choose not to consume

    "I abstain from alcohol"

    desist, forbear, 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.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. refrain

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

    indulge, venture, continue, persist

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)

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. refrain(v)

    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. Kathy Lien:

    However if data continues to miss, they may refrain from signalling a change in monetary policy three months forward.

  2. Georgy Margvelashvili:

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

  3. Kathy Lien:

    We never expected the Fed to tighten next month but we were hoping that they would set the stage for a move in September. however if data continues to miss, they may refrain from signalling a change in monetary policy three months forward.

  4. Dan Staner:

    Every country deserves equal treatment. We refrain from stockpiling vaccines and delivering them only when a country orders them. Every dose that is produced is delivered immediately, according to the contract, people are suffering in the same way all over the world. In times like these no one deserves special treatment.

  5. Jamal Benomar:

    I urge all sides at this time of rising tensions and rhetoric to de-escalate and exercise maximum restraint, and refrain from provocation.

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    A synonym of "dry"
    • A. juiceless
    • B. drippy
    • C. steamy
    • D. sodden

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