Character 7
Hyphenation ab stain
Pronunciations /əbˈsteɪn/

Definitions and meanings of "Abstain"

What do we mean by abstain?

To keep oneself from doing, engaging in, or partaking of something; refrain. intransitive verb

To refrain from voting. intransitive verb

To forbear or refrain voluntarily, especially from what gratifies the passions or appetites: used with from: as, to abstain from the use of ardent spirits; to abstain from luxuries.

To hinder; obstruct; debar; cause to keep away from: as, “abstain men from marrying,” Milton.

To hinder; to withhold. transitive verb

To hold one's self aloof; to forbear or refrain voluntarily, and especially from an indulgence of the passions or appetites; -- with from. intransitive verb

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Refrain from voting verb

Keep or withhold oneself.

Refrain from (something or doing something); keep from doing, especially an indulgence.

Fast (not eat for a period).

Deliberately refrain from casting one's vote at a meeting where one is present.

Hinder; keep back; withhold.

Synonyms and Antonyms for Abstain

The word "abstain" in example sentences

The BBC reports that the U.S. may abstain from a U.N. resolution against Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem. ❋ Unknown (2010)

In summary, Switzerland regretted that the resolution was not adopted by consensus, which is why it had decided to abstain from the vote. ❋ David Isenberg (2010)

The tone of the post abovee will make me abstain from the chicken from now on but I'm going to indulge in Tyler's magical cheese elixir once the paleo thing is done. ❋ Tyler (2009)

The worst thing we can do for peace is to abstain from a resolution condemning the settlements. ❋ Unknown (2010)

I will abstain from the use of and participation in any socialist goods and services including but not limited to the following: ❋ Unknown (2010)

In an unusually public rebuke, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel said Monday that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had been forced to abstain from a United Nations resolution on Gaza that she helped draft, after Mr. Olmert placed a phone call to President Bush. ❋ Unknown (2009)

Bush refused, simply instructing Rice to abstain from the vote. ❋ Unknown (2009)

If I lived in Louisiana, I would abstain from the Senate race. ❋ Unknown (2010)

Siblings of the opposite sex should not interact in unchaperoned areas to abstain from the "appearance of evil." etc. etc. ❋ Unknown (2006)

The ONLY way the Dems could have avoided this trap and * really* unmasked this ‘resolution’ for the bullshit election-year propaganda it truly is would have been to simply abstain from the vote en masse. ❋ Unknown (2006)

At that time, not only didn't I know what the word abstain meant, I had no idea what masturbation was. ❋ Impetuousme (2006)

For the remainder of the year, I will abstain from the mere speculation & contemplative [meditation] in which my nature takes most delight, and voluntarily cultivate the feeling of moral freedom, by reading books favorable to it, as well as by acting. ❋ Unknown (1996)

Is not sure whether he can abstain from the use of drugs on his release-states he cannot understand why he goes back to using drugs as he claims he really doesn't like them but can't seem to stay away from them once he is released. ❋ Unknown (1966)

Even the hungry "young rips" did not feel it any great deprivation to abstain from the "lumpy porridge and blue milk" which had aroused the scorn of Mary Vance. ❋ Lucy Maud (1919)

After I had made the promise he handed me a crucifix and, bidding me kneel down and repeat the words after him, he gave me the same pledge that I had signed as a little girl when I had joined the Band of Hope, except that he added, "To abstain from the use of liquor for one year from this date, and to avoid the occasion of temptation." ❋ Madeleine (1919)

You must abstain from the inimitable morsel for a period of years, – I think fifteen is the magic number, – and then suddenly, one day, rub the Aladdin's lamp of memory, and have the renowned tidbit whisked upon your platter, garnished with a hundred sweet herbs of past association. ❋ Unknown (1912)

Should this new enactment upon further examination sustain the character at present attributed to it the French and English Governments will find it difficult to abstain from a recognition of the South. ❋ Unknown (1862)

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