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refrain from (doing something)

To make a considered, conscious effort not to do something. I ask everyone to refrain from asking questions until the end of the presentation. Please refrain from talking while you are in the library.
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refrain from something

to hold back from doing something; to choose not to do something as planned. I wish you would refrain from shouting. Please refrain from hollering.
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refrain from

To make a conscious decision not to do something: All passengers must refrain from smoking during the flight.
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Any such apps using the JioCoin name are fake and people are advised to refrain from dealing with any of them.
The Congress party has faced a lot of criticism after Aiyar on Thursday termed Prime Minister Modi as 'neech aadmi' (low-born) and said he was not civilised enough and should refrain from practicing "dirty politics".
But, he added, that the US want these rights to be exercised responsibly and all parties should refrain from violence and exercise restraint and respect the rule of law.
6 Refrain from sex and go to your nearest STI clinic for diagnosis and treatment.
Earlier this week, Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos sent a letter to the mayor asking him to refrain from his duties which extended beyond the municipality to chairman of the Koshi waste management plant.
Rather, in refraining, there is the opportunity to wait for what is to come--for something always comes after the refrain.
NNA - Former Minister Salim Jreissati addressed PM Tammam Salam to call for holding a cabinet session to "assume governmental duties and refrain from neglecting the role of the executive authority.
That's how the raft man sang, his pine logs bound with swans, his sudden refrain reduced to new hopes' ashes.
Summary: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt is recovering from a "minor operation" but has asked well-wishers to refrain from telephoning to congratulate him on his recovery.
It brings you to The Upper Breast Side, the store, and the refrain,
Summary: Canberra: Australia's government will refrain from implementing 'savage' cuts to public-service expenditure in .
WASHINGTON, Sept 7 (KUNA) -- The United States late Friday urged politicians to refrain from inciting violence in outcome of Somalia's upcoming presidential election.
Fasters are urged to exert extra efforts during the holy month of Ramadan to refrain from committing religiously forbidden acts.
He said that France considers this decision to be provocative, calling on Israel to reconsider it and refrain from any actions that would disrupt the international community's efforts to resume Palestnian-Israeli negotiations.
Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule has called on Turkey to refrain from issuing threats against Cyprus (see article above) with regard to its oil and gas exploration plans in the South-East Mediterranean Sea.