Antonyms for refrainrɪˈfreɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. refrain, chorus(verb)

    the part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers

    Antonyms:
    move, act

    Synonyms:
    chorus line, refrain, chorus

  2. refrain, forbear(verb)

    resist doing something

    Antonyms:
    move, act

    Synonyms:
    desist, forbear, refrain, hold back, abstain

  3. abstain, refrain, desist(verb)

    choose not to consume

    Antonyms:
    act, move

    Synonyms:
    desist, forbear, refrain, abstain

English Synonyms and Antonyms, by James Champlin Fernald

  1. refrain

    Strains of music may gradually or suddenly cease. A man quits work on the instant; he may discontinue a practise gradually; he quits suddenly and completely; he stops short in what he may or may not resume; he pauses in what he will probably resume. What intermits or is intermitted returns again, as a fever that intermits. Compare ABANDON; DIE; END; REST.

    Antonyms:
    begin, commence, enter upon, inaugurate, initiate, institute, originate, set about, set going, set in operation, set on foot, start

    Synonyms:
    abstain, bring to an end, cease, come to an end, conclude, desist, discontinue, end, end, finish, give over, intermit, leave off, pause, quit, stop, terminate

    Preposition:
    Cease from anger.

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