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(v. t.) To hinder; to withhold.
(v. i.) To hold one's self aloof; to forbear or refrain voluntarily, and especially from an indulgence of the passions or appetites; - with from.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Abstain'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/a/abstain.html. 1828.