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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

v.
To make a conscious decision not to do something: All passengers must refrain from smoking during the flight.
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I have refrained from defining "Buddhist base community" in the hope that this concept, which conveys the notion of a community of study and praxis, will be more adequately explicated by the examples in this section.
Darwin, when writing his book on evolution (see 1858), had deliberately refrained from discussing human evolution in order to avoid controversy.
Summary: Calcutta (West Bengal) [India], May 04 (ANI): A division bench of the Calcutta High Court on Friday refrained from interfering in state Election Commission's notification concerning the extension of filing of nominations for West Bengal Panchayat polls by one date.
Calcutta (West Bengal) [India], May 04 ( ANI ): A division bench of the Calcutta High Court on Friday refrained from interfering in state Election Commission's notification concerning the extension of filing of nominations for West Bengal Panchayat polls by one date.
Bank of Japan has refrained from adding to its stimulus programme.
But gains were modest Thursday morning as investors refrained from snapping up equities before the outcome of the Senate vote on the revised $700 billion bailout package aimed at stabilizing the damaged financial sector.
Gilani clarified that the Pakistan People's Party (PPP)-led coalition government had refrained itself from confirming the existence of the local terror group in the country to ensure there were no political prisoners during its whole term, the Daily Times reports.
The value of the Swiss franc has increased as the central bank refrained from interfering in the market, Bloomberg reported.
Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers refrained from mentioning dollar-yen rates at a press conference on Wednesday.