how to pronounce abstain


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abstain is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of abstain in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… people began to abstain from alcohol …”

meanings of abstain


  1. Hinder; keep back; withhold.
  2. Deliberately refrain from casting one's vote at a meeting where one is present.
  3. Refrain from (something or doing something); keep from doing, especially an indulgence.
  4. Fast (not eat for a period).
  5. Keep or withhold oneself.

abstain frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word abstain occurs in english on average 1.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics abstain can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that abstain can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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