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English definition of “abstain”

abstain

verb [I] (NOT DO)    /æbˈsteɪn/
to not do something, especially something enjoyable that you think might be bad : He took a vow to abstain from alcohol / smoking / sex .Abstaining and refraining
(Definition of abstain verb (NOT DO) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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