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English definition of “refrain”

refrain

verb [I]     /rɪˈfreɪn/ formal
C2 to avoid doing or stop yourself from doing something: We refrained from talk ing until we knew that it was safe . The sign on the wall said " Please refrain from smok ing ."Abstaining and refraining
(Definition of refrain verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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