Associations to the word «Refrain»


REFRAIN, verb. (transitive) (archaic) To hold back, to restrain (someone or something). [from 14th c.]
REFRAIN, verb. (reflexive) (archaic) To show restraint; to hold oneself back. [from 14th c.]
REFRAIN, verb. (transitive) (now rare) To repress (a desire, emotion etc.); to check or curb. [from 14th c.]
REFRAIN, verb. (intransitive) To stop oneself from some action or interference; to abstain. [from 15th c.]
REFRAIN, verb. (transitive) (now rare) (regional) To abstain from (food or drink). [from 16th c.]
REFRAIN, noun. The chorus or burden of a song repeated at the end of each verse or stanza.
REFRAIN, noun. A much repeated comment, complaint, or saying.

Dictionary definition

REFRAIN, noun. The part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers.
REFRAIN, verb. Resist doing something; "He refrained from hitting him back"; "she could not forbear weeping".
REFRAIN, verb. Choose not to consume; "I abstain from alcohol".

Wise words

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
Napoleon Hill