Translation of "abstain" - English-Italian dictionary


verb uk /əbˈsteɪn/ us /æbˈsteɪn/

formal to not do something that you enjoy because it is bad or unhealthy

fare astinenza, astenersi
The doctor suggested that he abstain from alcohol. Il medico gli ha consigliato di astenersi dagli alcolici.

to decide not to vote

63 members voted in favour, 39 opposed, and 15 abstained. 63 membri hanno votato a favore, 39 hanno votato contro e 15 si sono astenuti.

(Translation of “abstain” from the Cambridge English–Italian Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)