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How to use refrain in a sentence

We urge members of Congress to refrain from relying on this one-sided staff report to guide future legislation.
HOUSE PANEL PROPOSES LARGEST ANTITRUST REFORMS IN DECADES TO REIN IN BIG TECHKDUNN6OCTOBER 7, 2020FORTUNE
When she was reinstated in 2015, Dwyer-Jones was allowed to practice law so long as she refrained from drinking alcohol and using mood-altering drugs that were not prescribed to her, disciplinary records show.
MAINE HIRES LAWYERS WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS TO DEFEND ITS POOREST RESIDENTSBY SAMANTHA HOGAN, THE MAINE MONITOR, WITH DATA ANALYSIS BY AGNEL PHILIPOCTOBER 6, 2020PROPUBLICA
In other words, we should refrain from undermining others’ dignity.
IN THE TIME OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WHAT SHOULD YOU SAY TO SOMEONE WHO REFUSES TO WEAR A MASK? A PHILOSOPHER WEIGHS INLGBTQ-EDITORAUGUST 30, 2020NO STRAIGHT NEWS
I’ve seen the refrain time and again in reviews of papers where my coauthors and I presented a method motivated by an application, and I’ve heard similar stories from countless others.
TOO MANY AI RESEARCHERS THINK REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS ARE NOT RELEVANTAMY NORDRUMAUGUST 18, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
Those apps were able to refrain from allowing Amazon and Roku to sell their ad inventory because Amazon and Roku needed Hulu and CBS All Access on their platforms in order to sell their CTV devices.
SHUT OUT OF FIRE TV AND ROKU, PEACOCK IS THE LATEST EXAMPLE OF THE ARRIVAL POWER MOVES TO STREAMINGTIM PETERSONJULY 15, 2020DIGIDAY
Others faultily refrain altogether from renewing them in their social capacities.
THE ORDINANCE OF COVENANTINGJOHN CUNNINGHAM
As the husband's rights to such an estate have been abolished in many states, we refrain from adding more principles.
PUTNAM'S HANDY LAW BOOK FOR THE LAYMANALBERT SIDNEY BOLLES
It is impossible to refrain from applauding the king for this manifestation of spirit and self-respect.
MADAME ROLAND, MAKERS OF HISTORYJOHN S. C. ABBOTT
Queeker was gazing at one of the sketches with an aspect so haggard and savage that Mr Durant could not refrain from remarking it.
THE FLOATING LIGHT OF THE GOODWIN SANDSR.M. BALLANTYNE
Lawrence and Dan could hardly refrain from shouting aloud; even Mr. Chittenden was surprised at the feeling Grace showed.
THE COURIER OF THE OZARKSBYRON A. DUNN
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
JULY 25, 2021
Choose the synonym for dry
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WORDS RELATED TO REFRAIN

  • abandon
  • abdicate
  • abjure
  • abstain
  • cede
  • desist
  • eschew
  • forbear
  • forsake
  • give in
  • go on the wagon
  • leave alone
  • leave out
  • pack in
  • pass
  • pass on
  • pass up
  • quit
  • refrain
  • relinquish
  • renounce
  • resign
  • resist
  • sacrifice
  • sit out
  • surrender
  • swear off
  • take the cure
  • take the oath
  • waive
  • yield
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