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abstain


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abstain  \Ab*stain"\,  v.  t. 
  To  hinder;  to  withhold. 
 
  Whether  he  abstain  men  from  marrying.  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abstain  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abstain 
  v  1:  refrain  from  voting 
  2:  choose  to  refrain;  "i  abstain  from  alcohol"  [syn:  {refrain}, 
  {desist}]  [ant:  {consume}] 




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