refrain

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  • The village was one of the few who refrained from working the land that year.
  • After leaving office he refrained from media attention for some time.
  • The album version is different from the earlier release, with the bridge and refrain having been changed.
  • Yet he refrained from doing so because he was bound to his master until the age of twenty-one.
  • Every student shall be honor bound to refrain from lying about College business.
  • I expected every moment to hear our captain give the word to fire, but he refrained from doing so. Cited from The Two Supercargoes, by W.H.G. Kingston
  • How could he have refrained from doing what he did? Cited from Lore of Proserpine, by Maurice Hewlett
  • Additionally, both countries will refrain from using force against each other or their allies.
  • It had been on her lips to tell him that she must go to work, then she refrained. Cited from The Portion of Labor, by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • But she refrained, and her letter, when finished, was as it is given above. Cited from Phineas Finn, by Anthony Trollope
  • Any attempt to get an individual to do or refrain from doing something can be considered an attempt at control.
  • Then her usual good sense came to her rescue, and she refrained. Cited from The Outdoor Girls in a Motor Car, by Laura Lee Hope
  • They could not see the sun again because they refrained.
  • If the doctor simply refrains from making the body worse, it will probably get better by itself. Cited from How and When to Be Your Own Doctor,Moser & Solomon
  • Since its appearance, I have read it only once, and have refrained from doing so again. Cited from The Youth of Goethe, by Peter Hume Brown
  • Although the title and refrain reference the popular show, the song has little to do with the two characters.
  • Had they refrained, nothing would have happened and the books would have been delivered without a question. Cited from Russian Rambles, by Isabel F. Hapgood
  • He refrained from public performance for the next nine years, while he concentrated on his music studies.
  • No matter how hard we try to make them refrain from combat operations, we will not succeed.
  • The police for a long time tried to refrain from action.
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Words starting with refrain

Meaning of refrain

  • noun The part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers
  • verb Resist doing something
    He refrained from hitting him back, she could not forbear weeping