abstain
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abstain(
ahb
-
steyn
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to not vote)
a. abstenerse
A lot of voters abstained at the elections as a protest at the party being banned.Muchos votantes se abstuvieron en las elecciones como protesta por la ilegalización del partido.
2. (to refrain; often used with “from”)
a. abstenerse
You should abstain from doing sports until the swelling goes down.Debería abstenerse de hacer deporte hasta que baje la hinchazón.
3.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(to not drink)
a. no tomar alcohol
I used to drink too much but now I abstain.Antes bebía demasiado, pero ahora no tomo alcohol.
b. abstenerse de tomar bebidas alcohólicas
In my religion everyone abstains.En mi religión todo el mundo se abstiene de tomar bebidas alcohólicas.
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abstain
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (not act, vote)
a. abstenerse
2. (not drink alcohol)
a. no beber alcohol
b. no tomar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
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abstain [əbˈsteɪn]
intransitive verb
1 (refrain) abstenerse;from de
to abstain from comment no ofrecer comentario
2 (not vote) abstenerse
3 (not drink) abstenerse de las bebidas alcohólicas
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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