Origin of refrain1
OTHER WORDS FROM refrainre·frain·er, nounre·frain·ment, nounun·re·frained, adjectiveun·re·frain·ing, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH refrainrefrain , restrain
Other definitions for refrain (2 of 2)
- a musical setting for the refrain of a poem.
- any melody.
- the principal, recurrent section of a rondo.
Origin of refrain2
How to use refrain in a sentence
DuckDuckGo is a search engine that was founded in 2008 with a focus on protecting searchers’ privacy, notably showing all searchers the same search results and refraining from building profiles of its users.How DuckDuckGo (and Microsoft) benefit from Google’s sprawling advertising business|Andy Taylor|November 23, 2020|Search Engine Land
Miss Manners congratulates you for refraining from using these weapons casually.Miss Manners: Shunning, shaming and ‘cancel culture’|Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin|November 23, 2020|Washington Post
Its CEO Brian Armstrong recently came out publicly with a divisive memo calling employees to refrain from politics.Why so many valuable startups seem like the dumbest idea at first|Lucinda Shen|November 13, 2020|Fortune
For two years, Murray was able to refrain from smoking, but when his business fell on hard times during the pandemic, he went back.
The caveat here is if you or any member of your household is sick, this is probably a good time to refrain from any celebrations and just really stay in the house.
The researchers deliberately refrained from defining “moral” and “immoral” for study participants.It’s Official: Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral|Elizabeth Picciuto|September 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fearing another backlash, however, the government has refrained from doing so.
He later reported that he “from decency, refrained from asking her about Tupac.”Tupac and Murray Kempton: The Godfather Who Wore Tweed|Michael Daly|June 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He's also never refrained from jumping into serious political issues facing the community nationally.'The Village Voice' Was Crazy to Fire Him: 5 Reasons Why Michael Musto Matters|Tricia Romano|May 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Politico at least has refrained from giving us a headline praising Ryan today.
Albinia, I have refrained from speech as long as possible; but this is really too much!
Out of deference to the Governor, the American soldiers had refrained from firing upon it.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
Mazaroff refrained from following, saying that he would smoke a cigarette in the seclusion of the garden.The Weight of the Crown|Fred M. White
It occurred to the Colonel that her day was past, but he wisely refrained from giving the thought utterance.Those Dale Girls|Frank Weston Carruth
I refrained from mentioning the tragedy of yesterday and the sun was noon-high before he brought the matter up.A Virginia Scout|Hugh Pendexter