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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.
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refrainverb [I]

uk   /rɪˈfreɪn/ us   /rɪˈfreɪn/ formal

refrainnoun [C]

uk   /rɪˈfreɪn/ 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.
(Definition of refrain from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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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