REFRAIN: Synonyms and Related Words. What is Another Word for REFRAIN?

Need another word that means the same as “refrain”? Find 7 synonyms and 30 related words for “refrain” in this overview.

The synonyms of “Refrain” are: forbear, abstain, desist, hold back, stop oneself, withhold, chorus

Refrain as a Noun

Definitions of "Refrain" as a noun

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “refrain” as a noun can have the following definitions:

  • The part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers.

Synonyms of "Refrain" as a noun (1 Word)

chorusA section of text spoken by the chorus in drama.
Strong guitar driven songs with big big choruses.

Refrain as a Verb

Definitions of "Refrain" as a verb

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “refrain” as a verb can have the following definitions:

  • Stop oneself from doing something.
  • Resist doing something.
  • Choose not to consume.

Synonyms of "Refrain" as a verb (6 Words)

abstainRestrain oneself from doing or enjoying something.
Forty one voted with the Opposition and some sixty more abstained.
desistChoose not to consume.
Each pledged to desist from acts of sabotage.
forbearRefrain from doing.
She could not forbear weeping.
hold backTo close within bounds limit or hold back from movement.
stop oneselfStop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments.
withholdHold back; refuse to hand over or share.
Elizabeth could no longer withhold her sentiments.

Usage Examples of "Refrain" as a verb

  • She refrained from comment.
  • He refrained from hitting him back.

Associations of "Refrain" (30 Words)

abstainRestrain oneself from doing or enjoying something.
She intends to abstain from sex before marriage.
asceticPertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self discipline.
Ascetic practices.
continenceSelf-restraint, especially with regard to sex.
You can improve your continence by strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor.
economyA particular system or stage of an economy.
A free market economy.
forbearRefrain from doing or using (something.
She could not forbear weeping.
frugalAvoiding waste.
A frugal meal.
frugalityThe quality of being economical with money or food; thriftiness.
He scorned the finer things in life and valued frugality and simplicity.
grudging(of a person) reluctant or resentfully unwilling to give or allow something.
A grudging admirer.
limitSet or serve as a limit to.
The failure showed the limits of British power.
measlyContemptibly small in amount.
A measly tip.
miserA stingy hoarder of money and possessions often living miserably.
A typical miser he hid his money in the house in various places.
miserly(of a quantity) pitiably small or inadequate.
The prize for the winner will be a miserly 3 500.
moderationThe action of lessening in severity or intensity.
Coursework may need to be filed separately for the purposes of moderation.
niggardUngenerous niggardly.
niggardlyIn a mean or meagre manner.
A niggardly shoestring budget.
parsimoniousExcessively unwilling to spend.
Even the parsimonious Joe paid for drinks all round.
parsimonyExtreme unwillingness to spend money or use resources.
A great tradition of public design has been shattered by government parsimony.
patienceAny of various forms of card game for one player, the object of which is to use up all one’s cards by forming particular arrangements and sequences.
You can find bargains if you have the patience to sift through the rubbish.
restrainPlace limits on (extent or access.
All front seats must be equipped with seat belts which restrain the upper part of the body.
restrictPlace under restrictions limit access to by law.
Some roads may have to be closed at peak times to restrict the number of visitors.
scrimpBe thrifty or parsimonious; economize.
Scratch and scrimp.
skimpLimit in quality or quantity.
Don t skimp on insurance when you book your holidays.
stinginessA lack of generosity; a general unwillingness to part with money.
stingyMean; ungenerous.
She practices economy without being stingy.
stintAn individual’s prescribed share of work.
His varied career included a stint as a magician.
thriftinessFrugality in the expenditure of money or resources.
tightwadA miserly person.
He is a notorious tightwad.
uncharitable(of a person’s behaviour or attitude towards others) unkind; unsympathetic.
All pious words and uncharitable deeds.
understatementA statement that is restrained in ironic contrast to what might have been said.
To say I am delighted is an understatement.
withholdRefuse to give (something that is due to or is desired by another.
My employer is withholding taxes.

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