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refrain - Dictionary definition and meaning for word refrain

(noun) the part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers
Synonyms : chorus

(verb) resist doing something
Synonyms : forbear
Example Sentence
  • He refrained from hitting him back
  • she could not forbear weeping

(verb) choose not to consume
Synonyms : abstain , desist
Example Sentence
  • I abstain from alcohol

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for refrain

ref-rain...we resist from getting wet in the "rain" in rainy season.
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by coolmayuri222

refrain= re + frain ...here frain sounds like train .. high society people RESIST traveling by train....
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by mrdhoomcool

Please refrain from repeating your familiar refrains.
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by roozbeh33

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