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abstain

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  • keep oneself from doing or enjoying sth, esp from taking alcoholic drinks; refrain [Barron]
  • to refrain deliberately and often with an effort of self-denial from an action or practice [Taisha]
  • refrain; withhold from participation; intentionally not use one's vote [Nandigam]

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