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English definition of “abstain”

abstain

verb [I] (STAY AWAY)    /æbˈsteɪn/
Indian English to stay away from work: During a recent general strike, employees of all major trade unions abstained. abstainer     /æbˈsteɪ.nər/ US  /-nɚ/ noun [C] Abstaining and refrainingVoters and Candidates in elections
(Definition of abstain verb (STAY AWAY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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