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To voluntarily stop oneself from indulging or participating in doing something. (2)
Word Entries at Word Info: “abstains
abstain (ab STAYN, uhb STAYN) (verb), abstains; abstained; abstaining
1. Choosing not to do or to have something: Clarence is abstaining from taking part in the discussion.
2. The process of choosing not to vote for or against something: Seven members voted for the proposal, three voted against it, and four abstained.
3. To hold oneself back or to voluntarily do without something by refraining from doing it: It is a struggle to abstain from eating a large slice of chocolate birthday cake.
4. Etymology: from Latin abs-, "from" + tenere, "to hold".
To voluntarily stop consuming food or certain drinks.
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To refrain voluntarily from indulgence of the appetities.
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This entry is located in the following units: a-, ab-, abs- (page 10) ten-, tent-, tin-, -tain, -tainment, -tenance, -tinence (page 1)