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)."