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From Middle English absteynen, abstenen, from Old French astenir, abstenir, from Latin abstinere, abstentum (keep or refrain from); from prefix from + hold. See tenable.

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Infinitive
to Abstain

Third person singular
Abstains

Simple past
Abstained

Past participle
Abstained

Present participle
Abstaining

to Abstain (third-person singular simple present Abstains, present participle Abstaining, simple past and past participle Abstained)
  1. (intransitive) Refrain from (something); hold one's self aloof; to forbear or keep from doing, especially an indulgence of the passions or appetites; -- with from.
  2. (intransitive) To shun voluntarily.
    • Not a few abstained from voting. - Thomas Babington Macaulay
    • Who abstains from meat that is not gaunt? - Shakespeare, Richard II, II-i
  3. (intransitive) Deliberately refrain from casting one's vote at a meeting where one is present.
  4. (transitive) Hinder; withhold.

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