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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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Diplomats assembled at the G-20 summit meeting in Cannes had suggested Thursday that several countries, including France, would abstain in a vote on that request.
Increased likelihood to pledge to abstain from sex until marriage
Jones blows on a whistle around her neck to gain the students' attention and launches into her lesson plan on subliminal seduction: how teens are bombarded with images of sex every day, and how they can resist those seductions and abstain from sexual activity.
6) Under the duty to disclose or abstain, a person in knowing possession (or "aware") of material nonpublic information must either disclose the information or abstain from trading when the other party to the transaction is entitled to know the information because of a fiduciary duty or other relationship of trust and confidence between them.
They also voted to re-elect Bill Shannon, the company's only executive director up for re-election this year, despite the NAPF urging them to abstain because Mr Shannon is on a two-year contract.
Gordis' attitude seems to be: "Most alcoholics won't abstain after treatment, but they should
You must abstain from sexual intercourse or use a condom during intercourse while, and for one month after, taking thalidomide.
And by the way, Kenya's policy is to abstain in country-specific votes with the exception of Palestine and Cuba," Kamau said.
Iran is required to abide by the good neighborliness' principle, abstain from supporting militias that kill innocent people, stop assassinations and hosting of terrorist leaders," said Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir in a statement after the extraordinary ministerial meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
I feel stronger and fitter when I abstain because my body holds on to more testosterone.
So it was a bit of a shock when Labour in the Scottish Parliament decided to abstain on the vote at the Bill's first reading.
The British promised they would abstain or vote against, but changed their stance and notified Israel they are leaning toward supporting the Palestinian request in the vote, if the Palestinians provide the British with a number of guarantees to restart the peace negotiations without any preconditions and promise not to petition the International Criminal Court in The Hague against Israel.
THE Telangana Rashtra Samithi has not made any official announcement, but has indicated that it might abstain in protest against Mukherjee's opposition to the formation of Telangana.
2010 2011 No 29 15 Yes 4 6 Abstain 18 31 Absent 5 4
THE Lib Dems were in disarray yesterday after Vince Cable said he may abstain in a key vote on tuition fees.