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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

refrain from

To make a conscious decision not to do something: All passengers must refrain from smoking during the flight.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The point is: X refrains from doing something; but X restrains Y from doing something; or X or Y restrains himself from doing something.
The post Councillors want Louroudjatis sign letter stating he refrains from duties appeared first on Cyprus Mail .
Global Banking News-April 30, 2015--Bank of Japan refrains from adding stimulus
Article 123 of the penal code states: "Any public employee who refrains from carrying out a court verdict is to be punished by imprisonment and suspension."
"The Central Election Commission, which is entitled to announce the results of the elections and this way to clarify the situation, refrains from tabulation of the results so far," the party said.The Zamandash said all political forces of the country need to refrain from extremely active actions in the context of escalation of confrontation and to wait until announcement of the official results of the elections.
Kerr refrains from eating pork and shellfish, does not eat meat and have dairy products in the same meal, does not wear mixed fabrics (no polyester and cotton), keeps his wife (if he has one) silent and at the back of the church, feels free to beat to death his children (if he has any) if they are disobedient, is kind to his slaves (if he has any) and stones persons of a religious conviction other than his own if he thinks God disagrees with them.
He remembers the problem-solving skills that his counselors have been teaching for the past week and refrains from immediate action (step 1).