refrain

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
refrain

Plural
refrains

  1. A refrain is part of a song. It is also called the chorus. The words (lyrics) of the refrain are the same words sung over and over after each verse in the song.
    I don't know the words but I can hum along during the refrain.

Verb[change]

Plain form
refrain

Third-person singular
refrains

Past tense
refrained

Past participle
refrained

Present participle
refraining

  1. To refrain means to control or hold back.
    Stop making jokes! Will you refrain yourself?
    He refrained from making jokes during his teacher's farewell speech.