Refrain

Definition of Refrain

Re`frain´   Pronunciation: rė`frān´
v. t.1.To hold back; to restrain; to keep within prescribed bounds; to curb; to govern.
[imp. & p. p. Refrained (-frānd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Refraining.]
His reason refraineth not his foul delight or talent.
- Chaucer.
Refrain thy foot from their path.
- Prov. i. 15.
2.To abstain from.
Who, requiring a remedy for his gout, received no other counsel than to refrain cold drink.
- Sir T. Browne.
v. i.1.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. 38.
They refrained therefrom [eating flesh] some time after.
- Sir T. Browne.
n.1.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 composition.
We hear the wild refrain.
- Whittier.

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