Abstain (verb)

To refrain from doing something, especially from an activity or pleasure as an act of self-discipline.

Origin:

Middle english abstenen, from latin abstin─ôre, abstinuisse, from abs- + ten─ôre to hold.

Examples:

  1. He decided to abstain from alcohol for the month.
  2. She abstained from voting on the issue.
  3. The committee members decided to abstain from making a decision.
  4. I'm going to abstain from eating chocolate for a while.
  5. I'm going to abstain from using my phone for an hour.
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