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abstain from (something)

To refrain from consuming something or doing some activity. Katie wants to lose weight, so she has vowed to abstain from sugar. No, I don't really drink anymore. I abstained from alcohol while I was pregnant and realized I didn't miss it. I'm trying to abstain from frivolous spending so I can build up my emergency savings fund.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

abstain from

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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In many other parliaments, including in the countries with democratic traditions centuries long, parliament members do not have the option to abstain from voting.
Earlier, in an interview to an English daily, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had said his party will abstain from voting in the Legislative Assembly.
So the council decided that the only way to end this was to abstain from sexual intercourse as a form of rebellion towards their male counterparts.
Telecom, a sponsor of the All Blacks, has launched a campaign urging New Zealanders to remain chaste, in a joking reference to the notion that some athletes abstain from sex before big matches.
Researchers with the MD Anderson Cancer Center and Institute for Community Research studied 414 treatment-seeking smokers in the Houston metropolitan area to determine whether the density of tobacco outlets or the proximity would have an effect on ability to abstain from smoking.
Macedonia, according to all forecasts, will abstain from voting when the Serbian draft resolution on rejecting Kosovo's independence is debated and put to vote at the UN General Assembly on 9 September.
As a citizen of a country placed in the very Northern parts of the so-called civilized world, there are those who would eagerly point out the futility of having to abstain from the necessities of life.
Foreign Minister Taro Aso expressed the view Sunday that Russia and China may abstain from a U.N.
Three-fourths of individuals who know that they have genital herpes either abstain from vaginal sex or always use condoms when they have symptoms, but only one-fifth do so when they are free of symptoms.
Given Britain's high teenage pregnancy rate youngsters who decide to abstain from sex should be applauded.
However, it is questionable if the youths in the program will actually abstain from sexual activity.
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.
THE RESOLUTION: Ethics Committee members agree that, in this particular scenario, it's best for the editorial page editor to abstain from this race's endorsement process.
All three could find themselves in danger if Glazer votes against them and, more crucially, if other major United shareholders John Magnier and JP McManus join him or abstain from the vote.
The Firhill insider added:'The Doomsday scenario is that Aberdeen abstain from voting and Inverness still get the 8-4 majority they need to go up by ground-sharing at Pittodrie.