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What does "Abstain" mean?

Definition

(v. i.) To hold one's self aloof; to forbear or refrain voluntarily, and especially from an indulgence of the passions or appetites; -- with from (v. t.) To hinder; to withhold


Synonyms refrain, desist


Example: "I abstain from alcohol"


Word Family abstained, abstainer, abstainers, abstaining, abstains