- [formal]to refrain (
fromsomething/ -ing) I refrained from criticizing himme abstuve de criticarloI tried to refrain from laughingtraté de contener la risakindly refrain from smokingExample sentences
- 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.
- (Literature, Music) you have to try harder, came the familiar refrainme salió con el estribillo or la cantinela de siempre: tienes que esforzarme másExample sentences
- 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.
- 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.
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