Definitions for: Abstain


[v] choose to refrain; "I abstain from alcohol"
[v] refrain from voting



Webster (1913) Definition: Ab*stain", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Abstained; p. pr. &
vb. n. Abstaining.] [OE. absteynen, abstenen, OF. astenir,
abstenir, F. abstenir, fr. L. abstinere, abstentum, v. t. &
v. i., to keep from; ab, abs + tenere to hold. See
Tenable.]
To hold one's self aloof; to forbear or refrain voluntarily,
and especially from an indulgence of the passions or
appetites; -- with from.

Not a few abstained from voting. --Macaulay.

Who abstains from meat that is not gaunt? --Shak.

Syn: To refrain; forbear; withhold; deny one's self; give up;
relinquish.


Ab*stain", v. t.
To hinder; to withhold.

Whether he abstain men from marrying. --Milton.

Synonyms: desist, refrain

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

See Also: avoid, fast, forbear, keep off, refrain, teetotal

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