refrain from

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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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In his sermon, he advised Muslims to refrain from speaking behind other Muslims' back.
We should refrain from observing Valentine's Day as it has no connection with our culture," the president stated adding that blind following of western traditions will lead to a degradation of "our values", just as it has led to several problems including an increase in attacks against women in a neighbouring country.
New Delhi: Reliance Jio on Wednesday denied having launched any JioCoin application and advised people to refrain from dealing with any such apps.
The Ministry of Emergency Situations of Uzbekistan recommended the citizens of Uzbekistan to refrain from traveling to Kazakhstan by road due to severe frosts.
Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci has called on citizens to refrain from using cryptocurrencies, the Economy Ministry said in a message Jan.
Summary: New Delhi (Gujarat) [India], December 8 (ANI): The Congress party on Friday instructed all its spokespersons to refrain from commenting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi or his public addresses.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said on Sunday Malacaang would refrain from making comments on the latest developments in the main battle area of Marawi City so the operations would not be jeopardized.
Islamabad -- Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said that rulers will not refrain from influencing JIT and hampering inquiry process despite Supreme Court severe reprimand.
The United States support freedom of assembly and expression in Pakistan but all parties should refrain from violence and respect the rule of law, a the State Department Spokesman said.
Stop it: 6 Refrain from sex, drink lots of water and see your doctor as soon as possible for treatment.
LARNACA municipal council wants a signed declaration from mayor Andreas Louroudjiatis saying he will refrain from his duties until investigations against him are over, his deputy Petros Christodoulou said.
We urge North Korea to refrain from provocative actions that aggravate tensions and instead focus on fulfilling its international obligations and commitments," he added.
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.
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.
Summary: Canberra: Australia's government will refrain from implementing 'savage' cuts to public-service expenditure in .