Abstain Synonyms and Antonyms

ăb-stān', əb-

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Synonyms for Abstain

Refrain is defined as to keep from doing, feeling or saying something.
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To refuse to accept or do something, esp. in a way that is formally polite
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To give up, resign, surrender.
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To eschew is defined as to purposely try to stay away from or to avoid.
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To keep away from; evade; shun
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To turn down (an applicant, as for a job); refuse to accept.
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To desist is defined as to stop something.
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(Intransitive) To come to an end.
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To deny is defined as to refuse to admit something, refuse to agree to something, refuse to acknowledge something or refuse to accept something.
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To stay away from; not go to:
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To do without, to abandon
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To retain; to keep back; not to grant; as, to withhold assent to a proposition.
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To decline the gratification of appetites or desires; to practise self-denial.
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To stop short at (a fence, etc.), without jumping it
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(Intransitive) To desist; to stop; to refrain.
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(Idiomatic) to delay, especially in school
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To get away from by artifice; to avoid by dexterity, subterfuge, address, or ingenuity; to elude; to escape from cleverly; as, to evade a blow, a pursuer, a punishment; to evade the force of an argument.
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(Formal) To stop doing (something).
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To manage despite the lack of something.
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(Idiomatic) Be deprived of.
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Quickly, with great speed; within a short time [from 13th c.].
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To leave alone, let be; to stop bothering.
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To protect or preserve from.
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To give up (rights, allegiance, etc.) under oath; renounce
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(Idiomatic) To quit or cease completely, or to promise to quit, as of a bad habit.
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(Idiomatic) To cease, quit, stop (doing something).
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(Idiomatic) To refuse (not accept); forgo.
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(Idiomatic) To engage in self-improvement; to begin a good habit or shed a bad habit.
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(US, dated) To promise to abstain from alcohol.
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To waste; fail to make the most of (an opportunity)
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To give up (a claim or right, for example) voluntarily; relinquish.
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To remain in a state or condition; stay:
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(Idiomatic) To delay commencing (an action until some specified time or event has passed).
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To keep oneself from doing something; hold back; refrain:
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Antonyms for Abstain

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To consume, expend, or exhaust by use
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To grant as by favour; to bestow in concession, or in compliance with a wish or request.
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To come into the company of.
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(Reflexive, often followed by on) To eat greedily and in large quantities.
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Words Related to Abstain

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To hold oneself back
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Synonym Study

  • Forbear suggests self-restraint manifesting a patient endurance under provocation to forbear venting one's wrath
  • Refrain usually suggests the curbing of a passing impulse in keeping oneself from saying or doing something although provoked, she refrained from answering
  • Abstain implies voluntary self-denial or the deliberate giving up of something to abstain from alcohol
Find another word for abstain. In this page you can discover 63 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for abstain, like: refrain, forego, decline, consume, keep aloof from, renounce, eschew, deny one's self, avoid, reject and desist.