Abstain

Definition of Abstain

Ab`stain´
v. i.1.To hold one's self aloof; to forbear or refrain voluntarily, and especially from an indulgence of the passions or appetites; - with from.
[imp. & p. p. Abstained ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Abstaining.]
Not a few abstained from voting.
- Macaulay.
Who abstains from meat that is not gaunt?
- Shak.
v. t.1.To hinder; to withhold.
Whether he abstain men from marrying.
- Milton.

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