Abstain synonyms

ăb-stān', əb-
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To give up, resign, surrender.
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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 turn down (an applicant, as for a job); refuse to accept.
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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 consume, expend, or exhaust by use
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Refrain is defined as to keep from doing, feeling or saying something.
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To desist is defined as to stop something.
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To eat.
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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 keep away from; evade; shun
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(Intransitive) To come to an end.
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To decline the gratification of appetites or desires; to practise self-denial.
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To eschew is defined as to purposely try to stay away from or to avoid.
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To stop short at (a fence, etc.), without jumping it
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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 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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(US, dated) To promise to abstain from alcohol.
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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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(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 60 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for abstain, like: deny one's self, renounce, keep aloof from, deny, forego, reject, spurn, waive, use, refrain and desist.