avoid, cease, decline, deny (oneself), desist, fast, forbear, forgo, give up, keep from, kick (informal) refrain, refuse, renounce, shun, stop, withhold
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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