refrain definition

  • verb-intransitive:
    • to keep oneself straight back; forbear: refrained from swearing.
    • to help keep your self from activity or disturbance; to keep aloof; to forbear; to abstain.
  • verb-transitive:
    • Archaic To restrain or hold back; curb.
    • to attend; to restrain; to help keep within recommended bounds; to curb; to govern.
    • To avoid.
  • noun:
    • A phrase, verse, or selection of verses repeated at intervals throughout a song or poem, especially at the end of each stanza.
    • Music for the refrain of a poem.
    • A song or melody.
    • A repeated utterance or theme.
    • The chorus or burden of a song repeated at the end of each verse or stanza.
    • The burden of a song; a phrase or verse which recurs at the end of each one of the individual stanzas or divisions of a poetic structure.
    • an encumbrance or chorus recurring at regular intervals throughout a song or ballad, frequently at the conclusion of each stanza.
    • The music phrase or figure to which the duty of a song is defined. It has the exact same relation to the main the main track that the burden has to the primary text of the track.
    • An after-taste or -odor; that impression which lingers from the sense: because, the refrain of a Cologne liquid, of a perfume, of a wine.
    • the section of a song where a soloist is accompanied by several vocalists
  • others:
    • to put up baek; restrain; curb; keep from action.
    • To forbear; abstain from; quit.
    • To forbear; abstain; keep a person's self from action or interference.
  • verb:
    • withstand doing one thing
    • choose not to digest

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