Refrain and State


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Refrain verb – Resist doing something.
State is an antonym for refrain.
Nearby Words: refrained, refraining
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State verb – To convey in appropriate or telling terms.
Refrain is an antonym for state in declare topic.
Nearby Words: statement, status, stated, stating, statesmanship
Antonyms for State
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Common collocations

number refrain number state number
identities refrain identities state identities

Both words in one sentence

  • The Dog Is an Alien Subverted in The Cat from Outer Space, in which the alien looks exactly like a cat in his natural state and doesn't do much to pretend to be one except refrain from speaking.
  • Film / State Fair Single Stanza Song: "Our State Fair" has a four-line refrain and no verse, not even an unused one.
  • Film / The Dark Knight Trilogy aka: The Dark Knight Saga After the initial snipe on the clowns failed, some reviewers were confused as to why the SWAT team would state their identities and refrain from opening fire for so long during close combat.
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