Associations to the word «Abstain»
ABSTAIN, verb. (transitive) (reflexive) (obsolete) Keep or withhold oneself. [Attested from around 1350 to 1470 until the mid 16th century.]
ABSTAIN, verb. (intransitive) Refrain from (something); hold one's self aloof; to forbear or keep from doing, especially an indulgence of the passions or appetites. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
ABSTAIN, verb. (intransitive) (obsolete) Fast. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
ABSTAIN, verb. (intransitive) Deliberately refrain from casting one's vote at a meeting where one is present. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
ABSTAIN, verb. (transitive) (obsolete) Hinder; keep back; withhold. [Attested from the early 16th century until the mid 17th century.]
ABSTAIN, verb. Refrain from voting.
ABSTAIN, verb. Choose not to consume; "I abstain from alcohol".
Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.