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Synonyms for abstainæbˈsteɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abstain(verb)

    refrain from voting

    desist, refrain

    take in, consume, have, take, ingest

  2. abstain, refrain, desist(verb)

    choose not to consume

    "I abstain from alcohol"

    desist, forbear, refrain, abstain

    take in, have, ingest, take, consume


  1. abstain(verb)

    deny, refrain, forgo, give up, forbear, relinquish, withhold

  2. abstain(verb)

    Refrain from (something); hold one's self aloof; to forbear or keep from doing, especially an indulgence of the passions or appetites; -- with from.

    refrain, withhold, forgo, give up, deny, relinquish, forbear

  3. abstain(verb)

    To shun voluntarily.

    relinquish, withhold, forbear, forgo, give up, refrain, deny

  4. abstain(verb)

    Deliberately refrain from casting one's vote at a meeting where one is present.

    relinquish, withhold, refrain, give up, deny, forgo, forbear

  5. abstain(verb)

    Hinder; withhold.

    forbear, withhold, refrain, forgo, relinquish, give up, deny

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. abstain

    Strains of music may gradually or suddenly cease. A man quits work on the instant; he may discontinue a practise gradually; he quits suddenly and completely; he stops short in what he may or may not resume; he pauses in what he will probably resume. What intermits or is intermitted returns again, as a fever that intermits. Compare ABANDON; DIE; END; REST.

    bring to an end, cease, come to an end, conclude, desist, discontinue, end, end, finish, give over, intermit, leave off, pause, quit, refrain, stop, terminate

    begin, commence, enter upon, inaugurate, initiate, institute, originate, set about, set going, set in operation, set on foot, start

    Cease from anger.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. abstain(v. n.)

    refrain, forbear, desist, deny one's self, hold or keep one's self back, stay one's hand, keep one's self from indulgence

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

refrain, abstention, abstaining, desist, forbear, abstentions

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