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Definition of Refrain


  1. To hold back; to restrain; to keep within prescribed bounds; to curb; to govern.
  2. To abstain from
  3. To keep one's self from action or interference; to hold aloof; to forbear; to abstain.
  4. The burden of a song; a phrase or verse which recurs at the end of each of the separate stanzas or divisions of a poetic composition.

Refrain Quotations

As an example to others, and not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain from smoking when awake.
Mark Twain

Whiskey's to tough, Champagne costs too much, Vodka puts my mouth in gear. I hope this refrain, Will help me explain, As a matter of fact, I like beer.
Tom T. Hall

The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.

I have lived so long among people who do not understand me, been so long accustomed to refrain and disguise myself for fear of being laughed at, that I have grown as difficult to come at as a snail in a shell; and what is worse, I cannot come out of my shell when I wish it.
Jane Welsh Carlyle

Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?
William Shakespeare
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Refrain Translations

refrain in French is refrain
refrain in Italian is ritenere, ritornello, ritornello
refrain in Spanish is estribillo
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