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Abstain Definition

Other Abstain Definition

[v] choose to refrain; "I abstain from alcohol"
[v] refrain from voting


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Synonyms

desist, refrain

Antonyms

consume, have, ingest, take, take in

Misc. Definitions

\Ab*stain"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Abstained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abstaining}.] [OE. absteynen, abstenen, OF. astenir, abstenir, F. abstenir, fr. L. abstinere, abstentum, v. t. & v. i., to keep from; ab, abs + tenere to hold. See {Tenable}.] To hold one's self aloof; to forbear or refrain voluntarily, and especially from an indulgence of the passions or appetites; -- with from. Not a few abstained from voting. --Macaulay. Who abstains from meat that is not gaunt? --Shak. Syn: To refrain; forbear; withhold; deny one's self; give up; relinquish.
\Ab*stain"\, v. t. To hinder; to withhold. Whether he abstain men from marrying. --Milton.

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