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"refrain" in British English

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refrainverb [I]

uk   us   /rɪˈfreɪn/ formal

refrainnoun [C]

uk   us   /rɪˈfreɪn/
a ​shortpart of a ​song or ​poem that is ​repeated, ​especially between the verses (= the ​separateparts) a phrase that is often ​repeated: "Every ​votecounts" is a ​familiar refrain in ​politics.
(Definition of refrain from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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refrainverb [I]

 us   /rɪˈfreɪn/
  • refrain verb [I] (NOT DO)

to not ​let yourself do something: Please refrain from ​talking during the ​lecture.

refrainnoun [C]

 us   /rɪˈfreɪn/
  • refrain noun [C] (SONG)

a ​shortpart of a ​song or ​poem that is ​repeated, esp. at the end of each ​longerpart, or any phrase that is often ​repeated: Every ​year we ​hear the same refrain, that women are making ​greatstrides in ​business.
(Definition of refrain from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “refrain”
in Korean 그만두다…
in Arabic يَمتنِع…
in Malaysian korus…
in French refrain…
in Russian воздерживаться…
in Chinese (Traditional) 避免, 忍住, 節制…
in Italian trattenersi, astenersi…
in Turkish uzak durmak, sakınmak, kaçınmak…
in Polish powstrzymywać się…
in Spanish estribillo…
in Vietnamese điệp khúc…
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 Chinese (Simplified) 避免, 忍住, 节制…
in Indonesian pengulangan…
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