Meaning of ABSTAIN in English

ABSTAIN

v.

Pronunciation: ə b- ' st ā n, ab-

Function: intransitive verb

Etymology: Middle English absteinen, from Anglo-French asteign-, absteign-, stem of astenir, abstenir, from Latin abstin ē re, from abs-, ab- + ten ē re to hold ― more at THIN

Date: 14th century

: to refrain deliberately and often with an effort of self-denial from an action or practice < abstain from drinking>

– ab · stain · er noun

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