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To give up, relinquish, or reject something.
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  1. To give up, relinquish, or reject something.
  2. To give up (a title or possession, for example), especially by formal announcement.
  3. To decide or declare that one will no longer engage in (a practice) or use (something):
(Archaic) To hold back; curb
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  1. (Archaic) To hold back; curb
  2. To hold back; keep oneself (from doing something); forbear
To keep oneself in check; control oneself under provocation
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  1. To keep oneself in check; control oneself under provocation
  2. To keep oneself from doing something; hold back; refrain:
  3. To refrain from; avoid or cease (doing, saying, etc.)
To cease doing something.
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  1. To cease doing something.
  2. (Intransitive) To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often with from.
  3. To cease (from an action); stop; abstain
To do without, to abandon
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  1. To do without, to abandon
  2. (Obs.) To go past
  3. To do without; abstain from; give up
To take out or deduct (taxes, etc.) from wages or salary
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  1. To take out or deduct (taxes, etc.) from wages or salary
  2. To refrain from granting, permitting, etc.; refuse
  3. To keep (a physical object that one has obtained) to oneself rather than giving it back to its owner.
To take measures so as not to meet or see (someone):
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  1. To take measures so as not to meet or see (someone):
  2. To annul, cancel, make void, or nullify for some legal reason a transaction to which one is a party or owes an obligation. For example, a child who is under the age of capacity may disavow a contract and avoid her obligations under it because she lacks the legal capacity to enter into a contract. See also annul, voidable, and ratify. To annul, cancel, make void, or nullify for some legal reason a transaction to which one is a party or owes an obligation. For example, a child who is under the age of capacity may disavow a contract and avoid her obligations under it because she lacks the legal capacity to enter into a contract. See also annul, voidable, and ratify.
  3. To stay clear of; go around or away from:
To cause to desist or to change a course of action:
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  1. To cause to desist or to change a course of action:
  2. To interrupt one's course or journey for a brief visit or stay. Often used with by, in, or off:
  3. To prevent the flow or passage of:
To refrain from (doing something).
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  1. To refrain from (doing something).
  2. To keep away from (something harmful or disliked); shun; avoid; abstain from
  3. To avoid using, accepting, participating in, or partaking of:
To indicate unwillingness to do, accept, give, or allow:
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  1. To indicate unwillingness to do, accept, give, or allow:
  2. To stop short at (a fence, etc.), without jumping it
  3. To decline to do, accept, give, or allow something.
To express polite refusal:
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  1. To express polite refusal:
  2. To refuse politely:
  3. To draw to a gradual close:
To hold back from; withhold or avoid:
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  1. To hold back from; withhold or avoid:
  2. To give up the use or possession of; part with or give up conveniently
  3. To refrain from, omit, avoid using, or use frugally
(Idiomatic) to delay, especially in school
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  1. (Idiomatic) to delay, especially in school
  2. (Idiomatic) to contain; stop
To stay away from; not go to:
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  1. To stay away from; not go to:
  2. To avoid, especially persistently.
  3. To keep away from; avoid scrupulously or consistently, often, specif., as a practice by a group against a co-worker, coreligionist, etc. who has fallen out of favor
To avoid complying with or fulfilling:
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  1. To avoid complying with or fulfilling:
  2. To avoid doing or answering directly; get around; get out of
  3. To avoid or escape from by deceit or cleverness; elude
To put an end to; discontinue:
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  1. To put an end to; discontinue:
  2. To stop performing an activity or action; desist:
  3. To come to an end; stop:
To manage despite the lack of something.
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  1. To manage despite the lack of something.
  2. Used other than as an idiom: see do,‎ without.
(Idiomatic) Be deprived of.
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To eat very little or abstain from certain foods, especially as a religious discipline.
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  1. To eat very little or abstain from certain foods, especially as a religious discipline.
  2. To a sound degree; deeply:
  3. In a secure manner; tightly:
To leave alone, let be; to stop bothering.
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  1. To leave alone, let be; to stop bothering.
To prevent or restrain (oneself or another); refrain or cause refrain.
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  1. To prevent or restrain (oneself or another); refrain or cause refrain.
  2. To protect or preserve from.
To renounce under oath; forswear.
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  1. To renounce under oath; forswear.
  2. To recant solemnly; renounce or repudiate:
  3. To give up (rights, allegiance, etc.) under oath; renounce
(Idiomatic) To quit or cease completely, or to promise to quit, as of a bad habit.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To quit or cease completely, or to promise to quit, as of a bad habit.
(Idiomatic) To refuse (not accept); forgo.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To refuse (not accept); forgo.
  2. Used other than as an idiom: see pass,‎ up.
(Idiomatic) To engage in self-improvement; to begin a good habit or shed a bad habit.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To engage in self-improvement; to begin a good habit or shed a bad habit.
(US, dated) To promise to abstain from alcohol.
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  1. (US, dated) To promise to abstain from alcohol.
To refrain from; avoid or cease (doing, saying, etc.)
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  1. To refrain from; avoid or cease (doing, saying, etc.)
  2. To keep oneself from doing something; hold back; refrain:
  3. To keep oneself in check; control oneself under provocation
(Idiomatic, intransitive) To delay commencing an action (until some specified time or event has passed).
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  1. (Idiomatic, intransitive) To delay commencing an action (until some specified time or event has passed).
  2. (Idiomatic) To delay someone or something temporarily; to keep at bay.
To save; reserve:
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  1. To save; reserve:
  2. To manage, tend, or have charge of:
  3. To celebrate; observe:
(Archaic) To hold back; curb
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  1. (Archaic) To hold back; curb
  2. To hold back; keep oneself (from doing something); forbear
To keep (a physical object that one has obtained) to oneself rather than giving it back to its owner.
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  1. To keep (a physical object that one has obtained) to oneself rather than giving it back to its owner.
  2. To retain; to keep back; not to grant; as, to withhold assent to a proposition.
  3. To keep in check; restrain:

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 55 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for abstain, like: renounce, keep aloof from, refrain, forbear, desist, forgo, withhold, avoid, stop, deny-oneself and hold aloof from.