What does abstain mean?

Definitions for abstainæbˈsteɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abstain(verb)

    refrain from voting

  2. abstain, refrain, desist(verb)

    choose not to consume

    "I abstain from alcohol"


  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 Dictionary

  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abstain

    abs-tān′, v.i. to hold or refrain from.—ns. Abstain′er, specially one who does not take alcoholic drinks; Absten′tion, a refraining. [Fr. abstenir—L. abs, from, tenēre, to hold. See Tenable.]

Editors Contribution

  1. abstain

    To choose to be impartial where there is a choice to cast a vote.

    Some people abstain from voting.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abstain in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abstain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Plutarch:

    Abstain from beans.

  2. Epictetus:

    All philosophy lies in two words Sustain and Abstain.

  3. Augustine of Hippo:

    To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.

  4. Elena Jimenez:

    I voted looking for change but we have achieved absolutely nothing and for that reason I will abstain.

  5. Mahabharata:

    To abstain from speaking is regarded as very difficult. It is not possible to say much that is valuable and striking.*

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