abstain definition

  • verb-intransitive:
    • To keep from one thing by one's own choice: refrain from old-fashioned political rhetoric. See Synonyms at refrain1.
    • To try to avoid voting: Forty senators voted and only the bill, 45 voted against it, and 15 abstained.
    • to put on a person's self aloof; to forbear or refrain voluntarily, and especially from an indulgence of passions or appetites; -- with from.
  • verb-transitive:
    • To hinder; to withhold.
  • others:
    • To forbear or refrain voluntarily, particularly from just what gratifies the interests or appetites: combined with from: since, to refrain from using ardent spirits; to refrain from luxuries.
    • To hinder; obstruct; debar; cause to keep from: as, “abstain guys from marrying,” Milton.
  • verb:
    • choose not to ever digest
    • try to avoid voting

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