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abstain

  
  
avoid, cease, decline, deny (oneself), desist, fast, forbear, forgo, give up, keep from, kick     (informal)   refrain, refuse, renounce, shun, stop, withhold  
  
Antonyms     
   abandon oneself, give in, indulge, partake, yield  
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abstain

  
  ( abstains    3rd person present)   ( abstaining    present participle)   ( abstained    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you abstainfrom something, usually something you want to do, you deliberately do not do it.  
FORMAL   Abstain from sex or use condoms...      V from n  
Do you drink alcohol, smoke, or abstain?      V  
2       verb   If you abstain during a vote, you do not use your vote.  
Three Conservative MPs abstained in the vote.      V  

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