Hay 2 definiciones de refrain en inglés:

refrain1

Silabificación: re·frain
Pronunciación: /riˈfrān
 
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verbo

[no object]
Stop oneself from doing something: she refrained from comment
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  • Of them all, Sainte-Beuve alone refrained from hurting me with foolish words.
  • The serious complication of pneumothorax can be avoided by refraining from aiming the needle at an intercostal space.
  • To avoid their after taste during dessert, we might have refrained from eating them had we noticed them sooner.
Sinónimos
abstain from, desist from, hold back from, stop oneself from, forbear (from), avoid, eschew, shun, renounce
informal swear off
formal forswear, abjure

Origen

Middle English (in the sense 'restrain (a thought or feeling)'): from Old French refrener, from Latin refrenare, from re- (expressing intensive force) + frenum 'bridle'.

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Pronunciación: ˈsiːtəʊs
adjective
bearing bristles or setae; bristly

Hay 2 definiciones de refrain en inglés:

refrain2

Silabificación: re·frain
Pronunciación: /
 
riˈfrān/

sustantivo

1A repeated line or number of lines in a poem or song, typically at the end of each verse.
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  • These all seem to derive from the Folio text, but some may supplement it by accurately recording where breaks came between verses and refrains.
  • Even Isaiah turns preacher in our text with a sermonic refrain repeated in verses 21 and 28.
  • In these ten short verses, the refrain, ‘Do not fear,’ occurs three times.
1.1The musical accompaniment for a refrain.
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  • Musical refrains differ by virtue of the score or the performer.
  • The fast sections are extremely delightful with slow sections having wonderful melodies and tender refrains.
  • The arrangements are intelligent without being fussy: tuneful refrains for cello and woodwind, beguiling motifs for piano and vibes, emotional guitar and restrained drums.
1.2A comment or complaint that is often repeated: “Poor Tom” had become the constant refrain of his friends
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  • Amongst the journalists who responded to my queries, there was a constant refrain: ‘what can I possibly do?’
  • A constant refrain from Australian political parties not only in the recent election campaign but for generations has been that Australia cannot afford more money for national defence.
  • Dean's emphasis on Kennedy's prudence during the Cuban missile crisis was a constant refrain of leading Democrats in late 2002.

Origen

late Middle English: from Old French, from refraindre 'break', based on Latin refringere 'break up' (because the refrain “broke” the sequence).

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