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Meaning of REFRAIN

Pronunciation:  ri'freyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers
  2. [v]  choose to refrain; "I abstain from alcohol"
  3. [v]  not do something; "He refrained from hitting him back"; "she could not forbear weeping"

REFRAIN is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: abstain, chorus, desist, forbear
 Antonyms: act, consume, have, ingest, move, take, take in
 See Also: abstain, avoid, fast, help, help oneself, keep off, let it go, music, save, sit out, song, spare, stand by, teetotal, tra-la, tra-la-la



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*frain"\ (r?*fr?n"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Refrained}
    (-fr?nd"); p. pr. & vb/ n. {Refraining}.] [OE. refreinen, OF.
    refrener, F. refr?ner, fr. L. refrenare; influenced by OF.
    refraindre to restrain, moderate, fr. LL. refrangere, for L.
    refringere to break up, break (see {Refract}). L. refrenare
    is fr. pref. re- back + frenum bridle; cf. Skr. dh? to hold.]
    1. To hold back; to restrain; to keep within prescribed
       bounds; to curb; to govern.
             His reson refraineth not his foul delight or talent.
             Refrain thy foot from their path.     --Prov. i. 15.
    2. To abstain from [Obs.]
             Who, requiring a remedy for his gout, received no
             other counsel than to refrain cold drink. --Sir T.
  2. \Re*frain"\, v. i.
    To keep one's self from action or interference; to hold
    aloof; to forbear; to abstain.
          Refrain from these men, and let them alone. --Acts v.
          They refrained therefrom [eating flesh] some time
          after.                                   --Sir T.
    Syn: To hold back; forbear; abstain; withhold.
  3. \Re*frain"\, n. [F. refrain, fr. OF. refraindre; cf. Pr.
    refranhs a refrain, refranher to repeat. See
    {Refract},{Refrain}, v.]
    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
          We hear the wild refrain.                --Whittier.