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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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Speaking to reporters after the UNSC meeting, the Chinese ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, said members of the Security Council feel serious concern regarding the human rights situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and that parties to the dispute should refrain from unilateral action that may aggravate the situation.
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Kim said the US had for sometime stated their position, 'and I believe that our friends in the Philippines agree that countries such as China should refrain from such actions.'
'Cabinet officials who are not part of the negotiations should refrain from speaking or making statements about the incident.
"We urge the Armenian Prime Minister, who proposes to refrain from use of force to take immediate steps in accordance with the demands of the international community in the direction of withdrawal of the armed forces of its country from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan in order to ensure lasting peace, security and prosperity in the region", the ministry added.
We wish to emphasize that the mission of the media is to investigate and raise suspicion about all officeholders regardless of the party they come from, while government officials, the deputy prime minister for European affairs in this particular case, should refrain from threatening with the pressing of charges in the spirit of the free speech they say they support," ZNM said.
He cannot intimidate parents, siblings and any relations of Ms Sharon Otieno.He should refrain from discussing the deceased in any political gatherings.
The accused contended that the apex count may refrain from any intervention that caused impediment in the proceeding.
Summary: The Internal Security Forces warned drivers Tuesday to refrain from doing the so-called KeKe Challenge.
The candidates were told to refrain from holding public meetings in the open and instead arrange such gatherings inside walled compounds for which they were required to inform the local administration three days in advance.
KARACHI -- The usage of Betel nut, paan, gutka, cigarette smoking is one of the cause of oral cancer, the people should refrain from it.
The researchers, based in 30 countries, said they would refrain from visiting KAIST, hosting visitors from the university, or cooperating with its research programmes until it pledged to refrain from developing AI weapons without "meaningful human control".
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Wednesday directed the local media to refrain from promoting and showing celebrations of Valentine's Dayas per an order of the Islamabad High Court (IHC).The IHC, in a verdict passed on a petition submitted by citizen Abdul Waheed on February 13, 2017, had prohibited the celebration of Valentine's Day in public spaces and government offices across the country with immediate effect".
Summary: Reliance Jio advised people to refrain from dealing with any such apps
Ahsan Iqbal further explanation came after his recent comments in which he advised army to refrain from commenting on economy.