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Synonyms for abstain
æbˈsteɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abstain(verb)

    refrain from voting

    Synonyms:
    desist, refrain

    Antonyms:
    take in, consume, have, take, ingest

  2. abstain, refrain, desist(verb)

    choose not to consume

    "I abstain from alcohol"

    Synonyms:
    desist, forbear, refrain

    Antonyms:
    take in, have, ingest, take, consume

Wiktionary

  1. abstain(verb)

    Synonyms:
    deny, refrain, forgo, give up, forbear, relinquish, withhold

  2. 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.

    Synonyms:
    refrain, withhold, forgo, give up, deny, relinquish, forbear

  3. abstain(verb)

    To shun voluntarily.

    Synonyms:
    relinquish, withhold, forbear, forgo, give up, refrain, deny

  4. abstain(verb)

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

    Synonyms:
    relinquish, withhold, refrain, give up, deny, forgo, forbear

  5. abstain(verb)

    Hinder; withhold.

    Synonyms:
    forbear, withhold, refrain, forgo, relinquish, give up, deny

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. abstain

    Strains of music may gradually or suddenly cease. A man quits work on the instant; he may discontinue a practise gradually; he quits suddenly and completely; he stops short in what he may or may not resume; he pauses in what he will probably resume. What intermits or is intermitted returns again, as a fever that intermits. Compare ABANDON; DIE; END; REST.

    Synonyms:
    bring to an end, cease, come to an end, conclude, desist, discontinue, end, end, finish, give over, intermit, leave off, pause, quit, refrain, stop, terminate

    Antonyms:
    begin, commence, enter upon, inaugurate, initiate, institute, originate, set about, set going, set in operation, set on foot, start

    Preposition:
    Cease from anger.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. abstain

    Synonyms:
    refrain, forbear, refuse, demur, avoid, cease, stop, keep back, desist, discontinue, withhold, scruple

    Antonyms:
    indulge, exceed, reveal, wanton

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. abstain(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    refrain, forbear, desist, deny one's self, hold or keep one's self back, stay one's hand, keep one's self from indulgence

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. abstain(v)

    Synonyms:
    forbear, refrain, withhold, deny one's self

    Antonyms:
    indulge

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    refrain, abstention, abstaining, desist, forbear, abstentions

How to pronounce abstain?

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How to say abstain in sign language?

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How to use abstain in a sentence?

  1. Antonio Barroso:

    The pact between the Socialists and Ciudadanos is aimed at tagging the PP and especially Podemos with the blame of potential new elections if they do not abstain to facilitate a Sanchez-led administration, the strategy is to force Podemos to assume the cost of voting alongside the PP, and to accuse incumbent Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of irresponsible behavior for not wanting to support a reasonable, encompassing reformist agreement.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    Unforgivingness, hatred, sadness, bitterness and other habits like that do come home to roost i.e. they eventually affect the doer(s) adversely (boomerang). Thus, break or kick the habits in question. I mean, desist/abstain from all of the above habits.

  3. Plutarch:

    Abstain from beans.

  4. Niccolò Machiavelli:

    I consider it a mark of great prudence in a man to abstain from threats or any contemptuous expressions, for neither of these weaken the enemy, but threats make him more cautious, and the other excites his hatred, and a desire to revenge himself.

  5. Mr Seyit:

    I ’m a Sunni Muslim Mr Seyit but I understand Shi’a sensitivities and for them this is a very holy time, it’s a time when they are encouraged to reflect on the martyrdom of Imam Hussein and abstain from all forms of celebrations.


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