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
I can tell you’ve got a longing to sally forth, a-thronging—I ask you, please refrain.Style Invitational Week 1419: Send us the bill — our ‘joint legislation’ contest|Pat Myers|January 14, 2021|Washington Post
The agreement called on providers to refrain from shutting off business or residential customers who could not pay, for example, and suspended potential late fees.
Still, some political operatives doubted that companies would be able to refrain from PAC donations for long.Campaign finance system rocked as firms pause or halt contributions after election results challenged|Todd Frankel, Jeff Stein, Tony Romm|January 11, 2021|Washington Post
That advice has been a constant refrain in a pandemic responsible for more than 350,000 deaths in the United States.People without symptoms spread virus in more than half of cases, CDC model finds|Ben Guarino|January 7, 2021|Washington Post
Hospital leaders, front-line workers and experts condemned Ducey for refraining from imposing sweeping mitigation measures.Los Angeles is running out of oxygen for patients as covid hospitalizations hit record highs nationwide|Fenit Nirappil, William Wan|January 5, 2021|Washington Post
Where tenders are required, the government can prevent construction by simply refraining from issuing tenders.
In short, does refraining from running buses on Shabbat serve to unify the country around the symbol of the Jewish week?
In some cases, people are refraining from shaving to benefit a charity—but not the ones tied to Movember.Behind the Movember Movement’s Fight to Keep Charity Tied to Mustache|Kevin Fallon|November 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Refraining from vowing to him, man sustains a character no higher than the wicked who restrain prayer before God.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
What had happened to her that she should be thus beside herself, and hardly capable of refraining from open tears?Orley Farm|Anthony Trollope
Abstain′er, specially one who does not take alcoholic drinks; Absten′tion, a refraining.
She moved away, majestically as does a goddess, conscious of her power but magnanimously refraining from using it.The Doomsman|Van Tassel Sutphen
By refraining from the physical expression, one may at least partially inhibit the emotion.Your Mind and How to Use It|William Walker Atkinson