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The synonyms of “Abstain” are: desist, refrain, hold back, forbear, keep, be teetotal, be a teetotaller, take the pledge, not vote, decline to vote, refuse to vote
Abstain as a Verb
Definitions of "Abstain" as a verb
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “abstain” as a verb can have the following definitions:
- Refrain from drinking alcohol.
- Choose not to consume.
- Restrain oneself from doing or enjoying something.
- Formally decline to vote either for or against a proposal or motion.
- Refrain from voting.
Synonyms of "Abstain" as a verb (11 Words)
|be a teetotaller
|Happen, occur, take place.
|Have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun.
|decline to vote
|Choose not to consume.
Each pledged to desist from acts of sabotage.
|Politely or patiently restrain an impulse to do something; refrain.
Rebecca could not forbear a smile.
|To close within bounds limit or hold back from movement.
|Look after be the keeper of have charge of.
|Bring into existence or make available by vote.
|Choose not to consume.
He refrained from hitting him back.
|refuse to vote
|Refuse entrance or membership.
|take the pledge
|Experience or feel or submit to.
Usage Examples of "Abstain" as a verb
- Forty-one voted with the Opposition, and some sixty more abstained.
- I abstain from alcohol.
- She intends to abstain from sex before marriage.
- Most pregnant women abstain or drink very little.
Associations of "Abstain" (30 Words)
|Give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations.
Ferdinand abdicated the throne in favour of the emperor s brother.
|Solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim.
She abjured her beliefs.
|The trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol.
A resolution passed by 126 votes to none with six abstentions.
|Vote by ballot.
He won 54 per cent of the ballot.
|Cease is a noun only in the phrase without cease end.
They were asked to cease all military activity.
|Relinquish possession or control over.
In 1874 the islands were ceded to Britain.
|One of a number of things from which only one can be chosen.
I had to do it I had no choice.
|A tendency to be negligent and uncaring.
A gross dereliction of duty by the Secretary of State.
|Select by a vote for an office or membership.
An elect circle of artists.
|The act of selecting someone or something; the exercise of deliberate choice.
Her election of medicine as a profession.
|In the US a member of the electoral college.
Close to 60 per cent of the 60 000 registered electors voted.
|Turn away from; give up.
I am foreswearing women forever.
|Go without (something desirable.
We forgo any comparison between the two men.
|Agree to give up or do without.
I swore that I would lead us safely home and I do not mean to be forsworn.
|Give or supply.
For your entertainment this evening I give you Mister Albert DeNero.
|The activities involved in political campaigning (especially speech making.
Mrs Jones organized two public hustings.
|A council of three officers forming the highest administrative body in Latter-day Saints (Mormon) Churches.
The presidency of the United States.
|The celebrant at a Eucharist.
The president of the European Union.
|Leave (a place), usually permanently.
I want to quit smoking.
|The part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers.
She refrained from comment.
|Do without or cease to hold or adhere to.
He relinquished his managerial role to become chief executive.
|Leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily.
He renounced alcohol completely.
|Voluntarily leave a job or office.
The chairman resigned over the financial scandal.
|The action of surrendering to an opponent or powerful influence.
She surrendered only twenty games in her five qualifying matches.
|Agreement by all people involved; consensus.
There is almost complete unanimity on this issue.
|Express one s preference for a candidate or for a measure or resolution cast a vote.
They are ready to put it to a vote.
|A choice that is made by counting the number of people in favor of each alternative.
|Refrain from insisting on or using (a right or claim.
Her tuition fees would be waived.
|Hold back; refuse to hand over or share.
Her mouth clenched as if withholding a cry.
|Be the cause or source of.
The door yielded to repeated blows with a battering ram.