Rabin refrained from entering into a public relationship with the organization.
This time around, when he came to New York in September, he refrained from making a prediction, lest he be wrong again.
What was left of the military a garrison had erected some makeshift fortifications but refrained from destroying the bridge.
There were gun advocates in that room who waited for their turn to be heard and who refrained from confronting a grieving man.
The U.S. had previously refrained from criticizing Egypt, a close ally and America's second-largest recipient of foreign aid.
Keineth knew that she was very unhappy and refrained from asking her more questions.
Ah, when I think that I once raised my revolver to shoot you and refrained!
A number of times I thought to speak to him and try to win him from his mood, but I refrained.
Impatient to glance behind, she only refrained for prudential reasons.
And when he had washed his face, coming out again, he refrained himself, and said: Set bread on the table.
mid-14c., from Old French refraigner "restrain, repress, keep in check" (12c., Modern French Réfréner), from Latin refrenare "to bridle, hold in with a bit, check, curb, keep down, control," from re- "back" (see re-) + frenare "restrain, furnish with a bridle," from frenum "a bridle." Related: Refrained; refraining.
late 14c., from Old French refrain "chorus" (13c.), alteration of refrait, noun use of past participle of refraindre "repeat," also "break off," from Vulgar Latin *refrangere "break off," alteration of Latin refringere "break up, break open" (see refraction) by influence of frangere "to break." Influenced in French by cognate Provençal refranhar "singing of birds, refrain." The notion is of something that causes a song to "break off" then resume. OED says not common before 19c.