To interrupt one's course or journey for a brief visit or stay. Often used with by, in, or off:
To come to an end; stop:
To hold oneself back; voluntarily do without; refrain (from)
To intentionally give up for all time an assertion or a claim of an interest in property or in a right or privilege.
To stop; pause:
To refrain from; avoid or cease (doing, saying, etc.)
To cease or suspend the action of temporarily; stop for an interim:
To cease or discontinue:
To cause to cease or become inoperative for a time; stop temporarily
To carry on; persist in:
To begin again or go on with again after interruption
To persist in or remain constant to a purpose, idea, or task in the face of obstacles or discouragement.
To continue in existence; last; remain
To let go (a grasp, hold, etc.)
Refrain is defined as to keep from doing, feeling or saying something.
To expend; use up:
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