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"abstain" in British English

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abstainverb [I]

uk   us   /æbˈsteɪn/
abstainer
noun [C] uk   /æbˈsteɪ.nər/  us   /-nɚ/
(Definition of abstain from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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abstainverb [I]

 us   /æbˈsteɪn, əb-/
to not do something you could do, esp. something that is ​unhealthy or gives you ​pleasure: Some ​families abstain from ​eatingfriedfood. If you abstain from ​voting, you do not ​votealthough you are ​permitted to ​vote.
(Definition of abstain from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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