Definition of 'abstain'

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She advised:'It would seem prudent for women trying to become pregnant to abstain from alcohol. The Sun (2016)He also abstained from alcohol on religious grounds. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Those who abstained or voted no were counted as having voted yes. Michael Burleigh Earthly Powers: Religion and Politics in Europe from the Enlightenment to the Great War (2005)He has abstained from drinking for three months and looks in great shape. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Many older adolescents and many adults abstain from alcohol, too. Steinberg, Laurence & Levine, Ann You and Your Adolescent: A Parents' Guide for Ages 10 to 20 (1990)They have all vowed to abstain from drinking tea, coffee and alcohol. Times, Sunday Times (2012)A further 5 per cent of shareholders abstained on the vote. Times, Sunday Times (2011)About 8.5 per cent of investors either abstained or voted against his re-election to the board. Times, Sunday Times (2012)In May last year, the government changed its advice to recommend that pregnant women abstain from drinking. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Unless you abstain from drinking fizz all day, it's inevitable your lip colour will lose its vibrancy. The Sun (2015)Part of the calculation is that a broader resolution might help to persuade Russia and China to abstain rather than use their veto in a vote. Times, Sunday Times (2011)

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Translations for 'abstain'

British English: abstain VERB
If you abstain from something, usually something you want to do, you deliberately do not do it.
Abstain from sex or use condoms.
  • American English: abstain
  • Brazilian Portuguese: abster-se
  • Chinese: 对…节制
  • European Spanish: abstenerse
  • French: s'abstenir
  • German: sich der Stimme enthalten
  • Italian: astenersi
  • Japanese: 控える
  • Korean: 자제하다
  • European Portuguese: abster-se
  • Latin American Spanish: abstenerse


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