Meaning of “refrain” in the English Dictionary

"refrain" in British English

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(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 short part of a song or poem that is repeated, esp. at the end of each longer part, or any phrase that is often repeated:

Every year we hear the same refrain, that women are making great strides in business.

(Definition of “refrain” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)