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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 talking until we knew that it was safe. The sign on the wall said "Please refrain from smoking."Abstaining and refraining
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