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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ab·stain /əbˈsten, æb-/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 ab·stain /əbˈsten, æb-/ 不及物動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ab·stain, v. t. To hinder; to withhold.
    Whether he abstain men from marrying.   --Milton.

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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: refrain from voting
      2: choose no to consume; "I abstain from alcohol" [syn: refrain,
          desist] [ant: consume]