Definitions for abstainæbˈsteɪn

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. abstain(verb)

    refrain from voting

  2. abstain, refrain, desist(verb)

    choose not to consume

    "I abstain from alcohol"

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  1. abstain(Verb)

    Refrain from (something); hold one's self aloof; to forbear or keep from doing, especially an indulgence of the passions or appetites; -- with from.

  2. abstain(Verb)

    To shun voluntarily.

  3. abstain(Verb)

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

  4. abstain(Verb)

    Hinder; withhold.

  5. Origin: * First attested around 1380.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Abstain(verb)

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

  2. Abstain(verb)

    to hinder; to withhold


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