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1  —as in:
a repeated refrain
Definition something repeated regularly
  • lines repeated after each verse of a song
  • a phrase or idea often repeated by someone or within a poem
  • The song has a catchy refrain.
refrain = lines repeated in a song
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The principal's refrain is that happy students have self-respect; and self-respect is earned.
  • refrain = something repeated regularly
  • Her refrain is to look for the good in people. I hear her say it and see her do it multiple times each day.
  • refrain = something done repeated in a regular manner
  • The constant refrain heard from the party leadership is not to let unachievable perfection become the enemy of good legislation.
  • refrain = something repeated regularly
  • The song's title and refrain was, "This Is Not My Home."
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • refrain = lines repeated in a song
  • Then I talk back and start contradicting everyone until the old familiar Anne refrain inevitably crops up again: "No one understands me!"
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • refrain = a phrase often repeated by someone
  •   This was the refrain we had practiced so often.
      "There is risk, I know it, but you have taught me to be careful. I can do this, Mother. I want to."
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • refrain = something repeated regularly
  • This morning Wargrave had sat huddled in his chair on the terrace refraining from any overt activity.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • refraining = avoiding
  • Theo had begun reading the refrain and ended up singing.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • refrain = lines repeated in a song
  • "Orgy-porgy," the dancers caught up the liturgical refrain, "Orgy-porgy, Ford and fun, kiss the girls ..."
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
refrain = lines repeated in a song

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2  —as in:
refrain from laughing
Definition avoid or resist doing something
  • Please refrain from swearing.
refrain = avoid or resist
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • You must refrain from personal attacks in this forum.
  • refrain = avoid
  • I want to refrain from commenting on this matter until I hear both sides of the story.
  • refrain = avoid
  • How do you refrain from laughing at the wrong time?
  • refrain = resist
  • She refrained from hitting him back.
  • refrained = resisted
  • She refrained. It wouldn't have felt right to steal food from a woman who had left her a dictionary against a windowpane.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • refrained = resisted
  • I know I have my own feelings as to who should be chosen as the leader, but I'll refrain from saying at this time so as not to influence any decisions.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • refrain = avoid
  • Then, Mr. Small got up on the stage and asked everyone to refrain from applause until all the names were read and all the diplomas were handed out.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • refrain = atop themselves from
  • Langdon looked as if he wanted to put a comforting hand on her shoulder, but he refrained.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • refrained = resisted (stopped himself)
  • I couldn't refrain from sounding Peter out on the subject, and he instantly replied that Dussel had been lying.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
refrain = resist

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