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refrain

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verb re·frain \ri-ˈfrān\

Simple Definition of refrain

  • : to stop yourself from doing something that you want to do

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of refrain

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  curb, restrain

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to keep oneself from doing, feeling, or indulging in something and especially from following a passing impulse <refrained from having dessert>

refrainment

play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of refrain in a sentence

  1. I was going to make a joke but I refrained.



Origin and Etymology of refrain

Middle English refreynen, from Anglo-French refreiner, refreindre, from Latin refrenare, from re- + frenum bridle — more at frenum


First Known Use: 14th century


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refrain

noun re·frain

Simple Definition of refrain

  • : a phrase or verse that is repeated regularly in a poem or song

  • : a comment or statement that is often repeated

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of refrain

  1. :  a regularly recurring phrase or verse especially at the end of each stanza or division of a poem or song :  chorus; also :  the musical setting of a refrain

Examples of refrain in a sentence

  1. A common refrain among teachers these days is that the schools need more funding.

  2. <I didn't know the verses of the song, so I only sang on the refrain.>



Origin and Etymology of refrain

Middle English refreyn, from Middle French refrain, alteration of Old French refrait melody, response, from past participle of refraindre to break up, moderate, from Vulgar Latin *refrangere, alteration of Latin refringere — more at refract


First Known Use: 14th century


REFRAIN Defined for Kids

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refrain

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verb re·frain \ri-ˈfrān\

Definition of refrain for Students

refrained

refraining

  1. :  to keep from giving in to a desire or impulse <I wanted to laugh but refrained.>




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refrain

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noun re·frain

Definition of refrain for Students

  1. :  a phrase or verse repeated regularly in a poem or song





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