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English definition of “abstain”

abstain

verb [I] (NOT VOTE)    /æbˈsteɪn/
to decide not to use your vote: 63 members voted in favour, 39 opposed, and 15 abstained.Elections abstainer     /æbˈsteɪ.nər/ US  /-nɚ/ noun [C] Abstaining and refrainingVoters and Candidates in elections
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