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abstain - Dictionary definition and meaning for word abstain

(verb) refrain from voting
(verb) choose not to consume
Synonyms : desist , refrain
Example Sentence
  • I abstain from alcohol

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for abstain

ab+stain...we tend to stay away from stain....
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by nehaMD

this can be written as "ab+stai......and stai......sounds like stay.... and .. stay out of something means not involving in sth that doesn't concern to one.
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by preetisoni2411

ab+stain ... Dell Steyn is a dangerous bowler .. batsman normaly dont want to cm in front of him
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by rachit.singh

Focus on stain mom will scold us if we have some ud or ink stains on our dress .So,promise to mom i wont play in mud again(choose not to do something")
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by meduriswetha

like in above case intentionally not using one's vote.means one knows that even if he/she uses thier votes politicians will never change hence they are concern about it and staying out of the voting process
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by preetisoni2411

ab (away) + stain = Mom asked me to be away from or not participate in the party due to stain
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by pagalgadha

Steyn is an South African bowler with an ugly face.. so, ab+styen means stop looking at him, or withhold the participation.
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by yuvraj

abs + tain (train - trainer) : my abs trainer (in gym) advised me to abstain from alcohol and oily stuffs.
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by editor1

ab (meaning away) + stain : we generally tend to stay away from stain (dirt, dust etc)
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by editor1

Read ab+stain like ab+stay(means stop) i.e ab stop smoking
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by tpant

abstain-(ab+stain) also abdicate(ab+ dicate) both r 2 give up something you liked. abdicate can be related to dictatorship,& abstain can be related to stain which is not cherished. so u abdicate from monarch but abstain frm smokin
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by ankurmilind

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