v.戒绝, 弃权, 节制
Sixty abstain in the vote on capital punishment.
He swore to abstain from smoking.
Five members voted for the proposal, eight voted against, and two abstained.
1. 戒; 避免; 避开
The doctor asked the patient to abstain from smoking.
Some voters abstained in the election.
Her mother has abstained from wine.
Many people abstained from voting.