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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 re·frain /rɪˈfren/

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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·frain, v. i. To keep one's self from action or interference; to hold aloof; to forbear; to abstain.
    Refrain from these men, and let them alone.   --Acts v. 38.
    They refrained therefrom [eating flesh] some time after.   --Sir T. Browne.
 Syn: -- To hold back; forbear; abstain; withhold.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·frain, n.  The burden of a song; a phrase or verse which recurs at the end of each of the separate stanzas or divisions of a poetic composition.
    We hear the wild refrain.   --Whittier.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of
          singers [syn: chorus]
      v 1: not do something; "He refrained from hitting him back"; "she
           could not forbear weeping" [syn: forbear] [ant: act]
      2: choose no to consume; "I abstain from alcohol" [syn: abstain,
          desist] [ant: consume]