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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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Represents 68,174 Ordinary Shares which abstained from voting.
Alun Cairns, a cabinet minister, abstained on all options.
Baroness Morgan was one of seven Labour MEPs who abstained on the vote, which stated that conflict was unavoidable and placed responsibility squarely on the shoulders of Saddam Hussein.
He said two main political parties - PPP and Jaamat-i-Islami - did not participate in the election of prime minister as their members were present in the assembly but they abstained from voting.
On Wednesday Interior Minister Sar Kheng appealed to the public, authorities at all levels, and members of political parties to end the animosity between those who voted and those who abstained.
BEIRUT: Hezbollah abstained from voting on the 2018 state budget because the party's objections to the draft fiscal plan weren't taken into account, Hezbollah MP Nawwaf Musawi said Monday.
The Philippines was among the 35 countries that abstained from condemning Trump's decision during the general assembly voting held at the UN headquarters in New York City on Friday, December 22.
The envoy added that if the mission was open and Kenya participated in the vote, then it would have abstained.
In April, Mexico abstained from voting against Israel for a UNESCO decision regarding Israel's status in al-Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem.
However, the lawyers abstained from boycotting court proceedings at Lahore High Court and continued to appear in urgent as well as regular cases.
If only Ciudadanos abstained, Rajoy would still have to win the support of 23 lawmakers from other parties to secure a parliamentary majority.
As lawmakers are set to vote on the candidacy of Meglena Kuneva to become Bulgaria's next Education Minister, it is not clear how much support she will gain.Kuneva was endorsed by junior coalition partner Reformist Bloc after Prime Minister Boyko Borisov asked her successor, Todor Tanev, to resign amid controversy that a draft school curriculum sparked in society.Within the Bloc, however, the DSB party which slid into opposition without leaving the union of parties says its lawmakers will vote "Abstained".
He described the meeting as historic, marked with unanimity with exception of Iran and Lebanon "which abstained as it did in the (recent) Arab League meeting." "If Iran wishes to be respected in the Islamic nation and the world in general, it should improve its image and abstain from meddling in affairs of regional countries or trigger sectarian discords," he said, also urging Teheran to protect the diplomatic missions.
"We abstained on the Bill because while there is much we disagree with, there are policies which we support - many of which the Tories have taken from us.
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.