intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo
- [formal] to refrain (
fromsth/ -ing) abstenerse* ( dealgo/+ infinitive/infinitivo) I refrained from criticizing him me abstuve de criticarlo I tried to refrain from laughing traté de contener la risa kindly refrain from smoking se ruega no fumarMore example 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.
- [Literat] [Music/Música] estribillo (masculine) you have to try harder, came the familiar refrain me salió con el estribillo or la cantinela de siempre: tienes que esforzarme másMore example sentences
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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.
- 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.