HyperDic: refrain

English > 3 senses of the word refrain:
NOUNcommunicationrefrain, chorusthe part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers
VERBstativerefrain, forbearresist doing something
consumptionrefrain, abstain, desistchoose not to consume
refrain > pronunciation
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English > refrain: 3 senses > noun 1, communication
MeaningThe part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers.
Part ofsong, vocalA short musical composition with words
Narrowertra-la, tra-la-laA set of nonsensical syllables used while humming a refrain
BroadermusicAn artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
English > refrain: 3 senses > verb 1, stative
MeaningResist doing something.
PatternSomebody ----s PP
Example"He refrained from hitting him back"
NarrowerabstainRefrain from voting
forbear, hold backRefrain from doing
help oneself, helpAbstain from doing
leave, leave alone, leave behind, let aloneLeave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking
let it gonot act
sit outnot participate in (an activity, such as a dance or a sports event)
spare, saveRefrain from harming
stand bynot act or do anything
Oppositeact, movePerform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
Spanishabstenerse, refrenarse
Catalanabstenir-se, refrenar-se
English > refrain: 3 senses > verb 2, consumption
Meaningchoose not to consume.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s PP; Somebody ----s VERB-ing
Synonymsabstain, desist
Entailed bymortify, subdue, crucifyhold within limits and control
Narrowerfastabstain from eating
fastabstain from certain foods, as for religious or medical reasons
keep off, avoidRefrain from certain foods or beverages
teetotalPractice teetotalism and abstain from the consumption of alcoholic beverages
Oppositeconsume, ingest, take in, take, haveServe oneself to, or consume regularly
Spanishabstenerse, dejar, desistir, inhibirse
Catalanabstenir-se, deixar, desistir

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