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Abstain meaning

abstain - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. choose no to consume; " I abstain from alcohol"
  2. 2. To hinder; to withhold.
  3. 3. To hold one's self aloof; to forbear or refrain voluntarily, and especially from an indulgence of the passions or appetites; - with from.
  4. 4. To refrain; for bear.

abstain - examples of usage

  1. And it is difficult to define exactly the impulse that had prompted me to abstain from all of these things. - "To-morrow?", Victoria Cross.
  2. As for Rosalind, she was only too glad to catch at the support of the medical authority and to abstain from question or suggestion; for the present certainly, and, unless her silence- as might be- should seem to imply a motive on her part, to maintain it until her husband revived the subject by disclosing further recollections of the bygone time. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
  3. Is it wonderful that I abstain from speaking, as I so often do? - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
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