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Synonyms of the verb abstain

Equivalent words for the verb abstain, that have fewer characters:

  1. desist (6 letter word, the shortest synonym for abstain)
    • inflections: desisted, desisting, desists
    • related terms: desistance, desistence, desistive

Equivalent words for the verb abstain, that have the same number of characters:

  1. refrain (7 letter word for abstain)
    • inflections: refrained, refraining, refrains
    • related terms: refrainment, refrainer

Hypernyms of the verb abstain

More generic words for the verb abstain:

  1. forbear (7 letter word)
    • inflections: forbore, forborne, forbearing, forbears
    • related terms: forbearable, forbearance, forbearer, forbearant

Hyponyms of the verb abstain

More specific words for the verb abstain, that have fewer characters:

  1. avoid (5 letter word)
    • inflections: avoided, avoiding, avoids
    • related terms: reavoid, reavoidance, avoidless, avoidment, avoidable, avoidance, avoider, avoidant
  2. break (5 letter word)
  3. bypass (6 letter word)
    • inflections: bypast, bypassed, bypassing, bypasses
    • related terms: Bypassable, bypasser
  4. diet (4 letter word, one of the shortest hyponyms for abstain)
    • inflections: dieted, dieting, diets
    • related terms: misdiet, prediet, dietal, dietarian, dietetic, dietic, dietics, dietine, dietist, Dietless, diety, dieter
  5. dodge (5 letter word)
    • inflections: dodged, dodging, dodges
    • related terms: outdodge, dodgery, dodgy, dodger
  6. duck (4 letter word, one of the shortest hyponyms for abstain)
    • inflections: ducked, ducking, ducks
    • related terms: malduck, duckery, duckhood, duckish, Duckism, Duckless, ducklet, Ducklike, duckling, ducky, ducker
  7. elude (5 letter word)
    • inflections: eluded, eluding, eludes
    • related terms: eludible, eluder
  8. escape (6 letter word)
    • inflections: escaped, escaping, escapes
    • related terms: Unescape, preescape, pre-escape, re-escape, escapade, escapage, escapee, escapism, escapist, escapable
  9. eschew (6 letter word)
    • inflections: eschewed, eschewing, eschews
    • related terms: eschewal, eschewance, eschewer
  10. evade (5 letter word)
    • inflections: evaded, evading, evades
    • related terms: preevade, pre-evade, re-evade, Evadite, evadable, evadible, evader
  11. fast (4 letter word, one of the shortest hyponyms for abstain)
    • inflections: fasted, fasting, fasts
    • related terms: unfast, unfasten, outfast, overfast, fasten, fastish, fastness, fastuous, faster, fastly
  12. fiddle (6 letter word)
    • inflections: fiddled, fiddling, fiddles
    • related terms: fiddlery, fiddly, fiddler
  13. fudge (5 letter word)
    • inflections: fudged, fudging, fudges
    • related terms: fudgy, fudger
  14. hedge (5 letter word)
    • inflections: hedged, hedging, hedges
    • related terms: unhedge, rehedge, hedgy, hedger
  15. miss (4 letter word, one of the shortest hyponyms for abstain)
    • inflections: missed, missing, misses
    • related terms: amiss, amissness, amissible, demiss, demissness, demissive, demissly, immiss, dismiss, dismissal, dismissable, dismissible, dismisser, dismissive, permiss, permissable, permissible, permissive, premiss, premissable, remiss, remissful, remissness, remissible, remissive, remissly, submiss, submissness, submissible, submissive, submissly, missal, Missee, misshood, missish, missment, missy, missable, missible, missent, missive
  16. parry (5 letter word)
    • inflections: parried, parrying, parries
    • related terms: counterparry, Counter-parry, Malparry, parriable, parrier
  17. shirk (5 letter word)
    • inflections: shirked, shirking, shirks
    • related terms: shirky, shirker
  18. shun (4 letter word, one of the shortest hyponyms for abstain)
    • inflections: shunned, shunning, shuns
    • related terms: reshun, shunless
  19. skirt (5 letter word)
    • inflections: skirted, skirting, skirts
    • related terms: foreskirt, microskirt, outskirt, outskirter, overskirt, underskirt, under-skirt, Upskirt, skirtless, skirtlike, skirty, skirter
  20. stet (4 letter word, one of the shortest hyponyms for abstain)
    • inflections: stetted, stetting, stets

More specific words for the verb abstain, that have more characters:

  1. circumvent (10 letter word, the longest hyponym for abstain)
    • inflections: circumvented, circumventing, circumvents
    • related term: circumviate
  2. goldbrick (9 letter word)
    • inflections: goldbricked, goldbricking, goldbricks
    • related term: goldbricker
  3. sidestep (8 letter word)
    • inflections: sidestepped, sidestepping, sidesteps
  4. teetotal (8 letter word)
    • inflections: teetotaled, teetotalled, teetotaling, teetotalling, teetotals

More specific phrase for the verb abstain, that has fewer characters:

  1. get by (6 characters phrase, the shortest phrasal hyponym for abstain)

More specific phrases for the verb abstain, that have the same number of characters:

  1. get off (7 character phrase)
  2. get out (7 character phrase)
  3. put off (7 character phrase)

More specific phrases for the verb abstain, that have more characters:

  1. get around (10 character phrase)
  2. get away (8 character phrase)
  3. go around (9 character phrase)
  4. keep off (8 character phrase)
  5. set aside (9 character phrase)
  6. shrink from (11 character phrase)
  7. shy away from (13 characters phrase, the longest phrasal hyponym for abstain)
  8. stay off (8 character phrase)

Other more specific term for the verb abstain:

  1. short-circuit (13 character term)
    • related term: short-circuiter

Antonyms of the verb abstain

Opposite words for the verb abstain:

  1. consume (7 letter word)
    • inflections: consumed, consuming, consumes
    • related terms: overconsume, preconsume, preconsumer, underconsume, consumable, consumate, consumer, consumation

Related words for the term abstain, that have fewer characters:

  1. curb (4 letter word)
    • inflections: curbed, curbing, curbs
    • related terms: uncurb, uncurbable, curbless, curblike, curby, curbable, curber
  2. forgo (5 letter word)
    • inflections: forewent, foregone, forgoing, forgoes
    • related term: forgoer
  3. hold (4 letter word)
    • inflections: held, holding, holds
    • related terms: ahold, unhold, Unholdable, inhold, inholder, a-hold, forehold, outhold, overhold, underhold, uphold, upholden, Upholdable, upholder, withhold, withholdal, withholden, withholdment, withholdable, withholder, holden, holdable, holder, holdman
  4. keep (4 letter word)
    • inflections: kept, keeping, keeps
    • related terms: miskeep, outkeep, overkeep, underkeep, upkeep, Keeplike, keepable
  5. refuse (6 letter word)
    • inflections: refused, refusing, refuses
    • related terms: prerefuse, prerefusal, re-refuse, re-refusal, refusal, refusable, refuser, refusive
  6. reject (6 letter word)
    • inflections: rejected, rejecting, rejects
    • related terms: prereject, prerejection, re-reject, re-rejection, rejectage, rejectee, rejectment, rejectable, rejecter, rejector, rejection, rejective
  7. save (4 letter word)
    • inflections: saved, saving, saves
    • related terms: Autosave, dissave, dissavage, Dissaver, Outsave, oversave, resave, Undersave, withsave, savement, savey, saveable, saver, savor
  8. spare (5 letter word)
    • inflections: spared, sparing, spares
    • related terms: spareful, spareless, spareness, sparoid, sparesome, spareable, sparer, sparely
  9. spurn (5 letter word)
    • inflections: spurned, spurning, spurns
    • related terms: outspurn, spurner
  10. trim (4 letter word)
    • inflections: trimmed, trimming, trims
    • related terms: untrim, overtrim, retrim, trimness, trimer, trimly
  11. waive (5 letter word)
    • inflections: waived, waiving, waives
    • related terms: waivery, Waivable, waiver

Related words for the term abstain, that have the same number of characters:

  1. decline (7 letter word)
    • inflections: declined, declining, declines
    • related terms: predecline, predeclination, redecline, declinal, Declinism, Declinist, declinable, declinate, decliner, declination
  2. reserve (7 letter word)
    • inflections: reserved, reserving, reserves
    • related terms: unreserve, re-reserve, re-reservation, reserval, reservee, reservery, reservist, reservable, Reservance, reserver, reservor, reservation, reservative

Related words for the term abstain, that have more characters:

  1. abnegate (8 letter word)
    • inflections: abnegated, abnegating, abnegates
    • related terms: abnegation, abnegative
  2. constrain (9 letter word)
    • inflections: constrained, constraining, constrains
    • related terms: Unconstrain, Overconstrain, constrainment, constrainable, constrainer
  3. straddle (8 letter word)
    • inflections: straddled, straddling, straddles
    • related terms: astraddle, a-straddle, straddler
  4. withhold (8 letter word)
    • inflections: withheld, withholding, withholds
    • related terms: withholdal, withholden, withholdment, withholdable, withholder
  5. Abstained (9 letter word)
    • related terms: abstainment, abstainer
  6. Abstaining (10 letter word)
    • related terms: abstainment, abstainer
  7. Abstainism (10 letter word)
    • related terms: abstainment, abstainer
  8. Abstention (10 letter word)
    • related term: abstentious
  9. Abstentions (11 letter word)
    • related terms: abstentious, abstention
  10. overabstain (11 letter word)
  11. abstainment (11 letter word)
    • related term: abstainer
  12. abstainer (9 letter word)
    • related terms: nonabstainer, abstainment

Related phrases for the term abstain, that have the same number of characters:

  1. cop out (7 character phrase)
  2. not use (7 character phrase)
  3. pass up (7 character phrase)

Related phrases for the term abstain, that have more characters:

  1. abstain from (12 character phrase)
  2. dispense with (13 character phrase)
  3. do without (10 character phrase)
  4. duck the issue (14 character phrase)
  5. evade the issue (15 character phrase)
  6. hold aloof from (15 character phrase)
  7. hold back (9 character phrase)
  8. hold off (8 character phrase)
  9. keep back (9 character phrase)
  10. keep from (9 character phrase)
  11. keep in hand (12 character phrase)
  12. let alone (9 character phrase)
  13. let go by (9 character phrase)
  14. never touch (11 character phrase)
  15. not touch (9 character phrase)
  16. refrain from (12 character phrase)
  17. sit it out (10 character phrase)
  18. stand aloof from (16 character phrase)
  19. stand neuter (12 character phrase)
  20. Voting present (14 character phrase)

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