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  1. abstainverb

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

  2. abstainverb

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

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

  3. abstainverb

    To shun voluntarily.

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

  4. abstainverb

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

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

  5. abstainverb

    Hinder; withhold.

    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.

    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

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

    Cease from anger.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. abstain

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

    indulge, exceed, reveal, wanton

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abstainverb

    refrain from voting

    desist, refrain

    take in, consume, have, take, ingest

  2. abstain, refrain, desistverb

    choose not to consume

    "I abstain from alcohol"

    desist, forbear, refrain

    take in, have, ingest, take, consume

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Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. abstainverb

    forbear, refrain, withhold, deny one's self


PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "abstain":

    refrain, abstention, abstaining, desist, forbear, abstentions

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How to use abstain in a sentence?

  1. Epictetus:

    All philosophy lies in two words Sustain and Abstain.

  2. Cortni Borgerson:

    A shellfish allergy increases the likelihood that you will be allergic to cicada, so it’s better to be safe than sorry and abstain from land arthropods if you can’t eat their sea swimming cousins.

  3. Mahabharata:

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

  4. El Sahly:

    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.

  5. Elena Jimenez:

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

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