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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ab·stain v. i. [imp. & p. p. Abstained p. pr. & vb. n. Abstaining.]  To hold one's self aloof; to forbear or refrain voluntarily, and especially from an indulgence of the passions or appetites; -- with from.
    Not a few abstained from voting.   --Macaulay.
    Who abstains from meat that is not gaunt?   --Shak.
 Syn: -- To refrain; forbear; withhold; deny one's self; give up; relinquish.