Meaning of ABSTAIN in English

ABSTAIN

(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

1.

If you ~ from something, usually something you want to do, you deliberately do not do it. (FORMAL)

Abstain from sex or use condoms...

Do you drink alcohol, smoke, or ~?

VERB: V from n, V

2.

If you ~ during a vote, you do not use your vote.

Three Conservative MPs ~ed in the vote.

VERB: V

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