verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Words nearby refrain
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
Examples from the Web for refrained
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
Politico at least has refrained from giving us a headline praising Ryan today.
There were gun advocates in that room who waited for their turn to be heard and who refrained from confronting a grieving man.
This time around, when he came to New York in September, he refrained from making a prediction, lest he be wrong again.Many Iranians See Nuke Talks, No Military Attack With Obama Reelection|Omid Memarian|November 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But he refrained, stopping suddenly, because he recollected that he could no longer utter what he wished to say.The Golden Butterfly|Walter Besant
With a clear sense of his power, he placed bounds on his campaigns: as we saw, he refrained from attacking Egypt.The History of Antiquity, Vol. III (of VI)|Max Duncker
Being without medical comforts of any description I was powerless to render assistance, so refrained from even quitting the house.Life and sport in China|Oliver G. Ready
It was entirely for Eleanor's sake that I refrained from taking her into my confidence.Simon the Jester|William J. Locke
She refrained from opening it, but, taking it down to the dingle, she flung it into the deepest pool in the brook.A Patriotic Schoolgirl|Angela Brazil