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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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Shiite ministers of the Amal Movement and Hizbullah along with their allies in the Free Patriotic Movement and the four ministers allied to President Michel Sleiman demanded that Lebanon oppose the sanctions, while the parliamentary majority ministers along with the Progressive Socialist Party called for abstaining from voting.
ABSTAINING from sex may not help you find the man of your dreams but it may help you appreciate what's important in a relationship.
Thus, any insider who is unable to trade while in possession of nonpublic information cannot expect to beat the market by abstaining on such information.
One reason untreated alcoholics did better was that many more of them reduced their drinking without abstaining.
People are not testing for HIV, they are not abstaining, they are not using condoms, so should we be so surprised that our infections are rising?
Eight months later, Zakzanis has now begun asking the participants whether they are abstaining from ecstasy.
She was defensive not about diluting the text of the resolution and eliminating any explicit reference to Israel's culpability, not about abstaining when the U.
b) Approved by a vote of 594,292,296 shares for and 12,472,086 shares against, with 1,157,085 shares abstaining, a non-binding shareholder resolution to approve executive compensation.
Trump's threat appeared to have some impact, with more countries abstaining and rejecting the resolution than usually associated with Palestinian issues.
The situation on the ground is, by voting no or by abstaining, our humanitarian people can come in,' Cayetano said, adding that Manila had to consider the safety of aid workers.
London, April 20 ( ANI ): Scientists have revealed that a bottle of wine a day is not bad for the health and abstaining is worse than drinking.
twitter) recent interview that abstaining from sexual activity helps keep boxers strong for their next fight, much like a horse training for a race.
So, imagine my surprise when it was revealed that only two Labour MPs voted against this change to the tax rates - with the rest abstaining from the vote.
According to news reports, the European Union member countries did not have a united stand on the issue, with the UK and France abstaining and Slovakia, Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Romania voting in favour.
What then is the significance of abstaining from meat?