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Meaning & Definition of Refrain in English

English

Refrain

/rɪfren/

noun

1. The part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers

    synonym:
  • refrain
  • ,
  • chorus

verb

1. Resist doing something

  • "He refrained from hitting him back"
  • "She could not forbear weeping"
    synonym:
  • refrain
  • ,
  • forbear

2. Choose not to consume

  • "I abstain from alcohol"
    synonym:
  • abstain
  • ,
  • refrain
  • ,
  • desist

Examples of using

I don't know the introduction, but I can sing the refrain.
I prefer to refrain from discussing religion.
I could not refrain from smoking.