verb (used without object)
Origin of abstain
Examples from the Web for abstaining
I told her I was up for it and prepared by abstaining from alcohol, coffee, red meat, and sex for two days prior to the ceremony.
The largely symbolic document was approved by 123 member states, with 13 voting against and 46 abstaining.For Bashar Al-Assad, Crossing Obama's Red Line Was a Win-Win|Anna Momigliano|November 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Belgium has stated it will be voting yes instead of abstaining.
And scientists do, indeed, downplay many of the supposed benefits of abstaining from food.
Christian had also his own reasons for abstaining from so decisive a step.Peveril of the Peak|Sir Walter Scott
Abstaining from showing any surprise, I asked her who Mercy Merrick was.The New Magdalen|Wilkie Collins
He also studied personally a large number of drinking and abstaining families.Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why|Martha M. Allen
I pictured him as living in the wilderness, abstaining from meat and drink and living on roots and herbs and cold water.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians|Martin Luther
I am not sure whether Mohammed kept his resolution of abstaining.A Pilgrimage to Nejd, Vol. 2 [of 2]|Anne Blunt
British Dictionary definitions for abstaining
verb (intr usually foll by from)
Word Origin for abstain
Word Origin and History for abstaining
late 14c., "to withhold oneself," from Old French abstenir (14c.), earlier astenir (13c.) "hold (oneself) back, refrain, abstain (from), practice abstinence," from Latin abstinere "withhold, keep back, keep off," from ab(s)- "from, away from" (see ab-) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Specifically of liquor, attested from late 14c. Of voting, 1796. Related: Abstained; abstaining.