Translation of "abstain" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /əbˈsteɪn/ us /æbˈsteɪn/

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

The doctor suggested that he abstain from alcohol.

to decide not to vote

63 members voted in favour, 39 opposed, and 15 abstained.

(Translation of “abstain” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /əbˈstein/

(often with from) not to do, take etc

abstenerse (de)
He abstained (from voting in the election)
He abstained from alcohol.
abstention /-ˈsten-/ noun

the act of abstaining

At the election of the new chairman, the voting was six for, three against, and two abstentions.

(Translation of “abstain” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)