Meaning of ABSTAIN in English


ab ‧ stain /əbˈsteɪn/ BrE AmE verb [intransitive]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: abstenir , from Latin abstinere , from abs- 'away' + tenere 'to hold' ]

1 . to choose not to vote for or against something:

Six countries voted for the change, five voted against, and two abstained.

2 . to not do or have something you enjoy, especially alcohol or sex, usually for reasons of religion or health

abstain from

Pilots must abstain from alcohol for 24 hours before flying.

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