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Present participle for to refrain from doing something
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“After discussion, the Congress decided to abstain from passing definite resolutions on the subject.”
Present participle for to deny oneself of something
“She decided to abstain from fried, sweet, and cold foods, and considered traditional medicine as part of her food supplements.”
Present participle for to decline to take a side or vote on something
“Also, a member state could abstain in a vote and make a formal declaration that it would not be bound by the vote.”
Present participle for to not drink, or to deny oneself of, alcohol
“It may happen that a man is well aware that the drink is immoderate and intoxicating, and yet he would rather fall into drunkenness than abstain from the drink.”
Present participle for to deprive oneself of food
“In fact, all singers abstain from food for a number of hours before appearing before their audience.”
Present participle for to restrict oneself to small amounts or specific types of food to lose weight
Present participle for to voluntarily disqualify, excuse, or remove oneself from a position or duty
Abstinence or self-denial in the use or indulgence of something
An instance of declining to vote for or against a proposal or motion
Adhering to a period of not drinking alcohol
Refraining from indulgence, especially from the indulgence of appetite
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