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refrain (verb) avoid; stop doing something.

When you refrain from smoking you avoid smoking. You refrain from criticizing others when you stop criticizing others. You refrain from gossip if you avoid gossip.

  • After two or three warnings from his doctors that he was a potential heart case, he refrained from smoking. A month after giving up smoking, he found a certain improvement in his health.
  • He refrains from drinking and other vices, because his father who had all kinds of vices ruined their property. He never touches alcohol.
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