Refrain from (something); hold one's self aloof; to forbear or keep from doing, especially an indulgence of the passions or appetites; -- with from.
To shun voluntarily.
Deliberately refrain from casting one's vote at a meeting where one is present.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
Cease from anger.
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How to use abstain in a sentence?
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.
All philosophy lies in two words Sustain and Abstain.
I voted looking for change but we have achieved absolutely nothing and for that reason I will abstain.
We do not expect that occasional or moderate amount of alcohol ingestion to affect the response to the vaccine, and we are not requesting from subjects or the general public to abstain from alcohol around vaccination time.
It would be doing me great injustice to think that I have any feeling of indifference to my country; I have more reason than anyone to feel, every day of my life, the value of the blood which flows in my veins, and it is only from prudence that at times I abstain from showing how proud I am of it.
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- въздържам сеBulgarian
- afholde sig fra, forhindreDanish
- abhalten, sich enthalten, verzichtenGerman
- retener, abstenerseSpanish
- kieltäytyä, pidättäytyä, estääFinnish
- keare, behinderje, ferhinderjeWestern Frisian
- menjauhkan diriIndonesian
- 棄権, 差し控える, 慎むJapanese
- zich onthouden, abstineren, verhinderenDutch
- avholde segNorwegian
- powstrzymać się, wstrzymywać się, wstrzymać się, powstrzymywać sięPolish
- abster-se, se, privar, impedirPortuguese
- воздержаться, воздерживатьсяRussian
- avstå, avhålla sig frånSwedish
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