refrain has definitions from the fields of music,fine art
1
[ noun ] (music,fine art) the part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers

Synonyms

chorus

Used in print

(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

And this occurs now , at the refrain of Jacoby 's song - at the point , in_fact , of the name `` Lizzy '' - ; a modulation described as `` almost a stroke of genius '' .

Related terms

music tra-la song

2
[ verb ] not do something

Synonyms

forebear forbear

Examples

"He refrained from hitting him back" "she could not forbear weeping"

3
[ verb ] choose to refrain

Synonyms

abstain desist

Examples

"i abstain from alcohol"

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