- Word Combinations (verb)
|part of speech:
||refrained, refraining, refrains
||to hold oneself back; to not enter into a particular action; desist; forbear (often fol. by from).
Please refrain from clapping until all the names of the honorees have been read.The police knew who the culprits were, but they refrained from taking action against them.
- similar words:
- abstain, keep, withhold