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abstain from

To refrain from consuming something or doing some activity. Katie wants to lose weight, so she has vowed to abstain from sugar.
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abstain from voting

To refrain from casting a vote for someone or something. Many argue that citizens who abstain from voting put the democratic process in jeopardy. Because I didn't like either candidate, I decided to abstain from voting for the first time in my life.
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abstain from something

to avoid some activity or the use of some substance, such as alcohol, drugs, sex, or food. They abstained from hard liquor and any other kind of intoxicants.
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abstain from voting

to choose not to vote either for or against a proposition or nominee. I will have to abstain from voting since I cannot make up my mind.
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abstain from

v.
To have made a deliberate choice not to do something: I abstained from eating fatty foods when I was on my diet. The minister abstained from drinking alcohol.
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On July 11, 2016 Mr Smith abstained in votes on devolving powers over the police and control of water to Wales.
The clear evidence of Monday night is that the SNP are leading that opposition, while Labour sat on their hands and abstained, which was unforgivable.
Israel has been in touch with the leaders of the five countries that abstained since last July, when India had voted against Israel in the UNHRC.
However, several opposition MPs such as Wimal Weerawansa, DEW Gunadekara, Dinesh Gunawardene, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Tissa Vitarana and Sriyani Wijewickrama abstained during the second reading vote.
Five countries that abstained last year voted for the resolution this year: Bahrain, which is furious at Iran for what the Bahraini regime considers to be Iranian encouragement of the Shia-based uprising on the island; Serbia, which has a very confused voting record (nay in 2008, absent in 2010, abstaining in 2011, and voting aye this year); plus three countries in the Americas (Guatemala, Paraguay and Saint Kitts) that were probably leaned on by Washington.
Mehmeti-Devaja abstained from voting, because some of the people in the Albanian parliamentary delegation voted "in favor" and others voted against.
The United States let it pass but abstained from voting in opposition to the text.
Nine countries voted for the US-drafted resolution, five - including veto-holding Russia and China - opposed it and one abstained in the 15-nation council.
Peter Allen (Liverpool Council, Liberal Democrat) Abstained
South Korea abstained from the voting, while China, North Korea and Russia voted against it.
Clr Robert Light has been criticised after his Conservative group abstained from a vote calling for pounds 500,000 to help ex-service people with mental health problems.
Christians have fasted (gone without food) and abstained (gone without certain foods, especially meat) since the beginning.
On December 7, 2006, Gravel abstained from voting on the motion to re-open the same-sex 'marriage' debate.
In all, four commissioners supported Hathout, five abstained and five were absent.
Whereas only one-fifth (21%) of participants abstained from or always used condoms during vaginal sex when they were free of symptoms, three-fourths (74%) did so when they had symptoms.