- 1to stop yourself from doing something, especially something that you want to do synonym desist from
- 2 refrain (from something) Please refrain from smoking. They appealed to the protesters to refrain from violence. refrain (from doing something) He has refrained from criticizing the government in public.
NAmE//rɪˈfreɪn//[intransitive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they refrain
he / she / it refrains
past simple refrained
-ing form refraining