refrain from doing

refrain from doing
not do

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  • refrain from — stop oneself from doing something. → refrain …   English new terms dictionary

  • refrain — [[t]rɪfre͟ɪn[/t]] refrains, refraining, refrained 1) VERB If you refrain from doing something, you deliberately do not do it. [V from ing/n] Mrs Hardie refrained from making any comment... [V from ing/n] He appealed to all factions to refrain… …   English dictionary

  • refrain — re|frain1 [rıˈfreın] v [i]formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: refrener, from Latin refrenare, from frenum bridle ] to not do something that you want to do →↑abstain refrain from (doing) sth ▪ Please refrain from smoking in this area.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • refrain — refrain1 [ri frān′] vi. [ME refreinen < OFr refrener < L refrenare < re , back + frenare, to curb < frenum, rein] to hold back; keep oneself (from doing something); forbear vt. Archaic to hold back; curb SYN. REFRAIN1 usually suggests …   English World dictionary

  • refrain — Ⅰ. refrain [1] ► VERB (refrain from) ▪ stop oneself from (doing something). ORIGIN Latin refrenare, from frenum bridle . Ⅱ. refrain [2] ► NOUN ▪ a repeated line or section …   English terms dictionary

  • refrain — [n] chorus of musical piece burden, melody, music, song, strain, theme, tune, undersong; concepts 264,595 refrain [v] do without; keep from doing abstain, arrest, avoid, be temperate, cease, check, curb, desist, eschew, forbear, forgo, give up,… …   New thesaurus

  • refrain — I UK [rɪˈfreɪn] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms refrain : present tense I/you/we/they refrain he/she/it refrains present participle refraining past tense refrained past participle refrained formal to stop yourself from doing something. This… …   English dictionary

  • refrain — refrain1 verb (usu. refrain from) stop oneself from doing something. Origin ME: from OFr. refrener, from L. refrenare, from re (expressing intensive force) + frenum bridle . refrain2 noun a repeated line or number of lines in a poem or song,… …   English new terms dictionary

  • refrain — I. verb Etymology: Middle English refreynen, from Anglo French refreiner, refreindre, from Latin refrenare, from re + frenum bridle more at frenum Date: 14th century transitive verb archaic curb, restrain intransitive verb to keep oneself from… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • refrain — re|frain1 [ rı freın ] verb intransitive FORMAL refrain from to stop yourself from doing something. This word is often used in official announcements or signs: Please refrain from smoking in this area. refrain re|frain 2 [ rı freın ] noun count 1 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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