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What is another word for abstain?

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To refrain from doing something
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“After discussion, the Congress decided to abstain from passing definite resolutions on the subject.”
To deny oneself of something
“She decided to abstain from fried, sweet, and cold foods, and considered traditional medicine as part of her food supplements.”
To decline to take a side or vote on something
“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, or to deny oneself of, alcohol
“It may happen that a man is well aware that the drink is immoderate and intoxicating, and yet he would rather fall into drunkenness than abstain from the drink.”
To deprive oneself of food
“In fact, all singers abstain from food for a number of hours before appearing before their audience.”
To restrict oneself to small amounts or specific types of food to lose weight
To voluntarily disqualify, excuse, or remove oneself from a position or duty
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