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 for abstain
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Abstain \Ab*stain"\, v. t.
     To hinder; to withhold.
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           Whether he abstain men from marrying.    --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Abstain \Ab*stain"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Abstained; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Abstaining.] [OE. absteynen, abstenen, OF. astenir,
     abstenir, F. abstenir, fr. L. abstinere, abstentum, v. t. &
     v. i., to keep from; ab, abs + tenere to hold. See
     Tenable.]
     To hold one's self aloof; to forbear or refrain voluntarily,
     and especially from an indulgence of the passions or
     appetites; -- with from.
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           Not a few abstained from voting.         --Macaulay.
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           Who abstains from meat that is not gaunt? --Shak.
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     Syn: To refrain; forbear; withhold; deny one's self; give up;
          relinquish.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  abstain
      v 1: refrain from voting
      2: choose not to consume; "I abstain from alcohol" [syn:
         abstain, refrain, desist] [ant: consume, have,
         ingest, take, take in]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  45 Moby Thesaurus words for "abstain":
     abnegate, abstain from, avoid, constrain, cop out, curb, decline,
     dispense with, do without, duck the issue, eschew, evade,
     evade the issue, forbear, forgo, hold, hold aloof from, hold back,
     hold off, keep, keep back, keep from, keep in hand, let alone,
     let go by, never touch, not touch, not use, pass up, refrain,
     refrain from, refuse, reject, reserve, save, shun, sit it out,
     spare, spurn, stand aloof from, stand neuter, straddle, trim,
     waive, withhold
  
  

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