abstain from

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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 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

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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References in classic literature ?
The workmen abstained from meat, drink, fresh air, good clothes, decent lodging, holidays, money, the society of their families, and pretty nearly everything that makes life worth living, which was perhaps the reason why they usually died twenty years or so sooner than people in our circumstances.
I abstained from entering into particulars for Magdalen's sake, and I made no allusion to that letter of Mrs.
I could only conclude that she had something important to say in relation to herself or to me--and that for reasons of her own she unwillingly abstained from giving expression to it at that time.
Some considerating touch of humanity was in him; for at times like these, he usually abstained from patrolling the quarter-deck; because to his wearied mates, seeking repose within six inches of his ivory heel, such would have been the reverberating crack and din of that bony step, that their dreams would have been of the crunching teeth of sharks.
Pakistan's envoy at the UN Human Rights Council abstained from voting on a resolution against killings of civilians and human rights violations in Syria.
Pakistan has committed a blunder by not supporting the resolution and it must be investigated as to why our envoy at the UN Human Rights Council abstained from voting," Senator Taj Haider of Pakistan Peoples Party told Arab News.
While Kenya stayed away, Uganda and South Sudan dropped their past support for Palestine and abstained from the vote.
If the Philippines had only abstained from voting, it is very understandable.
However, the lawyers abstained from boycotting court proceedings at Lahore High Court and continued to appear in urgent as well as regular cases.
26 countries abstained from the vote, including Serbia and Turkmenistan, while 24 countries supported the initiative and six voted against it.
Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, also abstained from the vote, stating on her website: "It will make thousands of families worse off, push children into poverty and make some children matter less than others.
When the second reading vote was taken in Parliament 174 MPs took part in the vote and 163 voted in favor of the government and ten parliamentarians from the UPFA abstained from voting.
The Samajwadi Party's 21 MPs and Bahujan Samaj Party's 22 MPs abstained from voting on the FDI issue.
Islamabad -- President Pakistan Muslim League-Q Chaudhary Shujat Hussain is all set to file a reference for the disqualification of MNAs who abstained from voting during Friday's Prime Ministerial elections.
And only a few weeks ago, they abstained from a vote which reduced the value of pensions by removing the link between inflation and pensions.