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refrain

verb [I] uk   us   /rɪˈfreɪn/ formal
C2 to avoid doing or stop yourself from doing something: We refrained from talking until we knew that it was safe. The sign on the wall said "Please refrain from smoking."

refrain

noun [C] uk   us   /rɪˈfreɪn/
a short part of a song or poem that is repeated, especially between the verses (= the separate parts) a phrase that is often repeated: "Every vote counts" is a familiar refrain in politics.
Translations of “refrain”
in Arabic يَمتنِع…
in Korean 그만두다…
in Malaysian korus…
in French refrain…
in Turkish uzak durmak, sakınmak, kaçınmak…
in Italian trattenersi, astenersi…
in Chinese (Traditional) 避免, 忍住, 節制…
in Russian воздерживаться…
in Polish powstrzymywać się…
in Vietnamese điệp khúc…
in Spanish estribillo…
in Portuguese abster-se, refrear, conter…
in Thai ทำนองเพลง…
in German der Refrain…
in Catalan abstenir-se…
in Japanese 控える, 自粛する…
in Indonesian pengulangan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 避免, 忍住, 节制…
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