Definition of refrain verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    refrain

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//rɪˈfreɪn//
     
    [intransitive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they refrain
     
    he / she / it refrains
     
    past simple refrained
     
    -ing form refraining
     
     
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  1. 1to stop yourself from doing something, especially something that you want to do synonym desist from
  2. 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.
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