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Definition of "refrained" []

  • To abstain (from action); forbear (verb)
  • Simple past tense and past participle of refrain. (verb)

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Use "refrained" in a sentence
  • "But, oh, I know I raised my face in frank answer to the thunder and trumpets of the message unspoken, and that, had it been death for that one look and that one moment I could not have refrained from the gift of myself that must have been in my face and eyes, in the very body of me that breathed so high."
  • "He refrained from the high expenditures for his campaign management and advisors, in contrast to both McCain and Clinton."
  • "He introduced me to the priest (not knowing I'd already met him), tried to give me a welcome packet they were out of, told me about the building and the renovated windows, and invited me to a post-Mass breakfast in the basement (I had coffee but refrained from the donuts)."