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ab·stain

 (ăb-stān′, əb-)
intr.v. ab·stained, ab·stain·ing, ab·stains
1. To keep oneself from doing, engaging in, or partaking of something; refrain: abstain from partisan political rhetoric; abstain from drinking alcohol.
2. To refrain from voting: Forty senators voted in favor of the bill, 45 voted against it, and 15 abstained.

[Middle English absteinen, to avoid, from Old French abstenir, from Latin abstinēre, to hold back : abs-, ab-, away; see ab-1 + tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

ab·stain′er n.

abstain

(əbˈsteɪn)
vb
1. to choose to refrain: he abstained from alcohol.
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to refrain from voting, esp in a committee, legislature, etc
[C14: via Old French from Latin abstinēre, from abs- ab-1 + tenēre to hold, keep]
abˈstainer n

ab•stain

(æbˈsteɪn)

v.i.
1. to refrain voluntarily, esp. from something regarded as improper or unhealthy (usu. fol. by from): to abstain from eating meat.
2. to refrain from casting one's vote: Two delegates abstained.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French abstenir « Latin abstinēre=abs- abs- + -tinēre, comb. form of tenēre to hold, keep]
ab•stain′er, n.

abstain


Past participle: abstained
Gerund: abstaining

Imperative
abstain
abstain
Present
I abstain
you abstain
he/she/it abstains
we abstain
you abstain
they abstain
Preterite
I abstained
you abstained
he/she/it abstained
we abstained
you abstained
they abstained
Present Continuous
I am abstaining
you are abstaining
he/she/it is abstaining
we are abstaining
you are abstaining
they are abstaining
Present Perfect
I have abstained
you have abstained
he/she/it has abstained
we have abstained
you have abstained
they have abstained
Past Continuous
I was abstaining
you were abstaining
he/she/it was abstaining
we were abstaining
you were abstaining
they were abstaining
Past Perfect
I had abstained
you had abstained
he/she/it had abstained
we had abstained
you had abstained
they had abstained
Future
I will abstain
you will abstain
he/she/it will abstain
we will abstain
you will abstain
they will abstain
Future Perfect
I will have abstained
you will have abstained
he/she/it will have abstained
we will have abstained
you will have abstained
they will have abstained
Future Continuous
I will be abstaining
you will be abstaining
he/she/it will be abstaining
we will be abstaining
you will be abstaining
they will be abstaining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been abstaining
you have been abstaining
he/she/it has been abstaining
we have been abstaining
you have been abstaining
they have been abstaining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been abstaining
you will have been abstaining
he/she/it will have been abstaining
we will have been abstaining
you will have been abstaining
they will have been abstaining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been abstaining
you had been abstaining
he/she/it had been abstaining
we had been abstaining
you had been abstaining
they had been abstaining
Conditional
I would abstain
you would abstain
he/she/it would abstain
we would abstain
you would abstain
they would abstain
Past Conditional
I would have abstained
you would have abstained
he/she/it would have abstained
we would have abstained
you would have abstained
they would have abstained
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.abstain - refrain from voting
refrain, forbear - resist doing something; "He refrained from hitting him back"; "she could not forbear weeping"
2.abstain - choose not to consumeabstain - choose not to consume; "I abstain from alcohol"
fast - abstain from eating; "Before the medical exam, you must fast"
fast - abstain from certain foods, as for religious or medical reasons; "Catholics sometimes fast during Lent"
keep off, avoid - refrain from certain foods or beverages; "I keep off drugs"; "During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day"
teetotal - practice teetotalism and abstain from the consumption of alcoholic beverages
ingest, consume, have, take in, take - serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee"

abstain

verb
To hold oneself back:
Translations
يمتنع عن، يُمسك عن
zdržet sezdržovat se
forhindre
sitja hjá; halda sig frá
susilaikymassusilaikyti
atturēties
çekimser kalmakkaçmakuzak durmak

abstain

[əbˈsteɪn] VI
1. (= refrain) → abstenerse (from de) to abstain from commentno ofrecer comentario
2. (= not vote) → abstenerse
3. (= not drink) → abstenerse de las bebidas alcohólicas

abstain

[æbˈsteɪn] vis'abstenir
to abstain from sth → s'abstenir de qch
to abstain from doing → s'abstenir de faire

abstain

vi
(from sex, smoking) → sich enthalten (→ from +gen); to abstain from alcohol/drinkingsich des Alkohols/Trinkens enthalten (geh)
(in voting) → sich der Stimme enthalten

abstain

[əbˈsteɪn] vi (not vote) to abstain (from)astenersi (da)
to abstain from drinking/smoking → astenersi dal bere/dal fumare

abstain

(əbˈstein) verb
(often with from) not to do, take etc. He abstained (from voting in the election); He abstained from alcohol.
abˈstention (-ˈsten-) noun
the act of abstaining. At the election of the new chairman the voting was six for, three against, and two abstentions.

abstain

v. abstenerse, privarse de;
___ from sexual intercourse___ de relaciones sexuales
Mex. cuidarse.

abstain

vi abstenerse; to — from sex abstenerse del sexo
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