200 BM Daily Vocabulary #124 | abstain


Today’s word is: abstain. Would you like to know what it means? It means: restrain oneself from doing or enjoying something; to choose not to vote; stay away from some work.


In this English vocabulary lesson you will learn how to use the word abstain. We are sure that this ESL lesson will help you to enhance your English vocabulary and speak English fluently and confidently.


The word abstain means restrain oneself from doing or enjoying something or to choose not to vote.

For example, after the heart surgery, doctors advised the patient to abstain from smoking and eating junk food.
We may also say that when the voting took place for electing the society secretary, three committee members abstained.


Listen carefully how we can use the word abstain in 8 different situations in 8 different sentences.


Example number 1 of 8: The popular internet search engine appealed to users to respond to a survey regarding some cultural beliefs. Jamshed found some of the questions objectionable and hence abstained from participating in the survey.


Example number 2 of 8: The biggest challenge for Dominic was to abstain from alcohol. Since the recent medical tests had indicated distress to his liver, he had to stay away from alcohol.


Example number 3 of 8: Kartar Singh joined a secret military operation which would last for a year. The unit head advised him to abstain from disclosing his location details to any outsider including his family members during this period.


Example number 4 of 8: The gymnast lost her balance during the contest and fractured her ankle. She recovered after Six months. Yet, she was advised by her physiotherapist to abstain from practice for another two months.


Example number 5 of 8: The farmers would normally burn the wastage from the fields. The youth from a city club explained to them the adverse impact of this on the environment. The farmers were convinced and they agreed to abstain from using this method.


Example number 6 of 8: The principal held a meeting of the teachers and asked them to abstain from giving any physical punishment to the students. He suggested a joint meeting with the school counselor to resolve any complaints about the students.


Example number 7 of 8: The tourists taking a boat ride along the lake would feed snacks to the birds flying over the lake. These food articles are harmful for the birds. Hence, the local corporation put up boards asking the tourists to abstain from feeding the birds.


Example number 8 of 8: The members of a social media group were having heated arguments over their political preferences. Finally, the group admin intervened and requested the members to abstain from posting politically biased messages.


Today we learnt the word abstain which means restrain oneself from doing or enjoying something; to choose not to vote; stay away from some work.


Can you frame 3 sentences with abstain and type in the comments box? We are waiting.


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