To refuse to accept or do something, esp. in a way that is formally polite
To deny is defined as to refuse to admit something, refuse to agree to something, refuse to acknowledge something or refuse to accept something.
To turn down (an applicant, as for a job); refuse to accept.
To give up (a claim or right, for example) voluntarily; relinquish.
To consume, expend, or exhaust by use
Refrain is defined as to keep from doing, feeling or saying something.
To desist is defined as to stop something.
To refrain from; avoid or cease (doing, saying, etc.)
To keep away from; evade; shun
(Intransitive) To come to an end.
To eschew is defined as to purposely try to stay away from or to avoid.
To stop short at (a fence, etc.), without jumping it
To give up the use or possession of; part with or give up conveniently
To stay away from; not go to:
(Formal) To stop doing (something).
To leave alone, let be; to stop bothering.
To give up (rights, allegiance, etc.) under oath; renounce
(US, dated) To promise to abstain from alcohol.
To grant as by favour; to bestow in concession, or in compliance with a wish or request.
(Idiomatic) To delay commencing (an action until some specified time or event has passed).
To remain in a state or condition; stay:
To hold oneself back
- 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
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