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Definitions and Synonyms of refrain | Another word for refrain | What is refrain?

Definition 1: the part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for refrain in the sense of this definition

(refrain is a kind of ...) an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

(... is a kind of refrain ) a set of nonsensical syllables used while humming a refrain

(... is part of refrain) a short musical composition with words

"a successful musical must have at least three good songs"

Definition 2: choose not to consume - [verb of consumption]

Samples where refrain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I abstain from alcohol

Synonyms for refrain in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of refrain ) abstain from eating

"Before the medical exam, you must fast"

(... is a kind of refrain ) abstain from certain foods, as for religious or medical reasons

"Catholics sometimes fast during Lent"

(... is a kind of refrain ) refrain from certain foods or beverages

"I keep off drugs" "During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day"

(... is a kind of refrain ) practice teetotalism and abstain from the consumption of alcoholic beverages

Definition 3: resist doing something - [verb of stative]

Samples where refrain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He refrained from hitting him back
  • she could not forbear weeping

Synonyms for refrain in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of refrain ) leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking

"leave it as is" "leave the young fawn alone" "leave the flowers that you see in the park behind"

(... is a kind of refrain ) not act

"He thought of a reply but let it go"

(... is a kind of refrain ) refrain from voting

(... is a kind of refrain ) refrain from harming

(... is a kind of refrain ) refrain from doing

"she forbore a snicker"

(... is a kind of refrain ) abstain from doing; always used with a negative

"I can't help myself--I have to smoke" "She could not help watching the sad spectacle"

(... is a kind of refrain ) not act or do anything

"He just stood by when the police beat up the demonstrators"

(... is a kind of refrain ) not participate in (an activity, such as a dance or a sports event)

"He sat out the game"

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