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1. refrain

noun. ['rɪˈfreɪn'] the part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers.

Synonyms

  • vocal
  • tra-la-la
  • tra-la
  • music
  • chorus

Antonyms

  • lose
  • nonworker
  • inactivity
  • disservice

Etymology

  • refrain (French)
  • refraindre (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Words that Rhyme with Refrain

  • st_germain
  • legerdemain
  • st_germaine
  • preordain
  • lamontagne
  • lafountaine
  • lafountain
  • inhumane
  • constrain
  • restrain
  • overtrain
  • mcswain
  • explain
  • complain
  • champlain
  • aquitaine
  • ukraine
  • tremaine
  • sylvain
  • sustain
  • spokane
  • sartain
  • retrain
  • profane
  • partain
  • mustain
  • mundane
  • mcwain
  • mcshane
  • mcquain

Example sentences of the word refrain


1. Verb, base form
While at work, employees should refrain from exhibiting behaviors that favor their friends or romantic partners.

Quotes containing the word refrain


1. Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction.
- Evelyn Waugh

2. Whiskey's to tough, Champagne costs too much, Vodka puts my mouth in gear. I hope this refrain, Will help me explain, As a matter of fact, I like beer.
- Tom T. Hall

3. Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?
- William Shakespeare

2. refrain

verb. ['rɪˈfreɪn'] resist doing something.

Synonyms

  • help
  • sit out
  • help oneself
  • leave behind
  • save
  • spare
  • leave
  • leave alone
  • let it go
  • forbear
  • abstain
  • stand by

Antonyms

  • waste
  • sell
  • erase
  • necessary

Etymology

  • refrain (French)
  • refraindre (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

3. refrain

verb. ['rɪˈfreɪn'] choose not to consume.

Synonyms

  • teetotal
  • avoid
  • desist
  • fast
  • abstain

Antonyms

  • worsen
  • disinherit
  • be born
  • arrive

Etymology

  • refrain (French)
  • refraindre (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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