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REFRA'IN, verb transitive [Latin refaeno; re and fraeno, to curb; fraenum, a rein. See Rein.]

To hold back; to restrain; to keep from action.

My son - refrain thy foot from their path. Proverbs 1:15.

Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by. Genesis 45:1.

REFRA'IN, verb intransitive To forbear; to abstain; to keep one's self from action or interference.

Refrain from these men and let them alone. Acts 5:38.

REFRA'IN, noun The burden of a song; a kind of musical repetition.