Abstain synonyms

ăb-stān', əb-
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To eat.
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Refrain is defined as to keep from doing, feeling or saying something.
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To give up, resign, surrender.
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To refuse to accept or do something, esp. in a way that is formally polite
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To turn down (an applicant, as for a job); refuse to accept.
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To keep away from; evade; shun
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(Intransitive) To come to an end.
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To eschew is defined as to purposely try to stay away from or to avoid.
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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 consume, expend, or exhaust by use
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To desist is defined as to stop something.
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To refrain from; avoid or cease (doing, saying, etc.)
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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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(US, dated) To promise to abstain from alcohol.
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To stop short at (a fence, etc.), without jumping it
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To give up the use or possession of; part with or give up conveniently
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(Idiomatic) to delay, especially in school
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To stay away from; not go to:
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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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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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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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(Idiomatic) To delay commencing (an action until some specified time or event has passed).
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To remain in a state or condition; stay:
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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: consume, forego, refrain, renounce, decline, deny one's self, keep aloof from, reject, avoid, stop and eschew.