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Meaning of ABSTAIN

Pronunciation:  ab'steyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  choose to refrain; "I abstain from alcohol"
  2. [v]  refrain from voting

ABSTAIN is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: desist, refrain
 Antonyms: consume, have, ingest, take, take in
 See Also: avoid, fast, forbear, keep off, refrain, teetotal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
    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;
  2. \Ab*stain"\, v. t.
    To hinder; to withhold.
          Whether he abstain men from marrying.    --Milton.
Thesaurus Terms
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