Synonyms of abstain in English:

abstain


See definition of abstain

verb

1‘during Lent, Benjamin abstained from wine’

SYNONYMS

refrain, desist, hold back, forbear, keep

renounce, avoid, shun, eschew, abandon, abjure, forgo, go without, do without

refuse, decline

give up, have done with

informal cut out, kick, quit, jack in, pack in

ANTONYMS

indulge in

2‘our advice is about sensible drinking, not about abstaining’

SYNONYMS

be teetotal, be a teetotaller, take the pledge

deny oneself

informal be on the wagon

ANTONYMS

drink

3‘262 voted against, 38 abstained’

SYNONYMS

not vote, decline to vote, refuse to vote

informal sit on the fence

ANTONYMS

vote