What does abstain mean?

abstain in AZ Dictionary

(v) To keep from one thing by one's own choice: refrain from old-fashioned political rhetoric. See Synonyms at refrain1.
(v) To try to avoid voting: Forty senators voted and only the bill, 45 voted against it, and 15 abstained.
(v) to put on a person's self aloof; to forbear or refrain voluntarily, and especially from an indulgence of passions or appetites; -- with from.
(v) To hinder; to withhold.
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.
(v) choose not to ever digest
(v) try to avoid voting

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  • Synonym for "abstain"
    • relinquish, refrain, give up, forbear, withhold
  • Antonym for "abstain"
    • indulge
  • Verb Forms for "abstain"
    • abstained, abstaining, abstains
  • Phrases for "abstain"
    • abstain from, should abstain, he'll abstain, white abstain, always abstain
  • Rhyme for "abstain"
    • Alane, Aquitaine, Ayn, Bahrain, Biscayne
  • Hyponym for "abstain"
    • avoid, keep off, teetotal, fast
  • Hypernym for "abstain"
    • refrain, forbear
  • Form for "abstain"
    • abstention
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