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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·frain v. t. [imp. & p. p. Refrained p. pr. & vb. n. Refraining.]
 1. To hold back; to restrain; to keep within prescribed bounds; to curb; to govern.
    His reason refraineth not his foul delight or talent.   --Chaucer.
    Refrain thy foot from their path.   --Prov. i. 15.
 2. To abstain from. [Obs.]
    Who, requiring a remedy for his gout, received no other counsel than to refrain cold drink.   --Sir T. Browne.