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To refrain from doing something
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“Pregnant women have been urged to abstain from alcohol by scientists who claim that even small amounts can damage the development of a baby's brain.”
Formally decline to vote either for or against a proposal or motion
“Also, a member state could abstain in a vote and make a formal declaration that it would not be bound by the vote.”
To not drink alcohol
Restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight
To restrict one's consumption, typically of food
To refuse to give (something that is due to or is desired by another)
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