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abstain (from)

verb (1)

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(Entry 1 of 20)

to resist the temptation of
  • had to abstain from solid food before her surgery

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apart from

preposition (1)

Synonyms of apart from (Entry 2 of 20)

not including
  • apart from the saggy roof, the cottage is in pretty good shape

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aside from

preposition (2)

Synonyms of aside from (Entry 3 of 20)

not including
  • aside from the C in geometry, he made all A's this term

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defect (from)

verb (2)

Synonyms & Antonyms of defect (from) (Entry 4 of 20)

to leave (a cause or party) often in order to take up another
  • soldiers defected from the rebel army en masse as the failure of their cause became apparent

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desist (from)

verb (3)

Synonyms & Antonyms of desist (from) (Entry 5 of 20)

to bring (as an action or operation) to an immediate end
  • ordered to desist from using the copyrighted music without permission

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keep (from)

verb (4)

Synonyms & Antonyms of keep (from) (Entry 6 of 20)

to resist the temptation of
  • try to keep from eating all the chocolate in one day!

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refrain (from)

verb (5)

Synonyms & Antonyms of refrain (from) (Entry 7 of 20)

to resist the temptation of
  • couldn't refrain from ruffling her nephew's neatly combed hair whenever she saw him

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resign (from)

verb (6)

Synonyms & Antonyms of resign (from) (Entry 8 of 20)

to give up (a job or office)
  • resigned from the company after the news broke that he had been falsifying financial statements for years

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retire (from)

verb (7)

Synonyms & Antonyms of retire (from) (Entry 9 of 20)

to give up (a job or office)
  • at the age of 72, she finally retired from the job she had held at the shoe factory for over 50 years

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steal (from)

verb (8)

Synonyms of steal (from) (Entry 10 of 20)

to remove valuables from (a place) unlawfully
  • little wonder that the store went out of business, as its employees had been stealing from it for years

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step aside (from)

verb (9)

Synonyms & Antonyms of step aside (from) (Entry 11 of 20)

1 to give up (a job or office)
  • a newscaster who knew when it was time to step aside from the anchor desk and let a younger person take over

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2 to give up (as a position of authority) formally
  • the prime minister was compelled to step aside from his office when it was demonstrated that he had violated the public trust

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step down (from)

verb (10)

Synonyms & Antonyms of step down (from) (Entry 12 of 20)

1 to give up (a job or office)
  • with the advent of his 90th birthday, he could no longer resist calls for him to step down from chairmanship of the board

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2 to give up (as a position of authority) formally
  • even in the face of a palace revolt, Queen Elizabeth I refused to step down from the throne

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withhold (from)

verb (11)

Synonyms & Antonyms of withhold (from) (Entry 13 of 20)

to resist the temptation of
  • please see if you can withhold from criticizing every little thing she says

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bolt from the blue

phrase (1)
variants: also bolt out of the blue

Synonyms of bolt from the blue (Entry 14 of 20)

something that makes a strong impression because it is so unexpected
  • a windfall that came as a bolt from the blue

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fall from grace

phrase (2)

Synonyms & Antonyms of fall from grace (Entry 15 of 20)

to commit an offense
  • Once a successful entrepreneur, he fell from grace when accounts of his unethical business practices were revealed.

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from hunger

phrase (3)

Synonyms & Antonyms of from hunger (Entry 16 of 20)

falling short of a standard
  • I love a good science fiction novel, but my current read is revealing itself to be from hunger.

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from stem to stern

phrase (4)

Synonyms & Antonyms of from stem to stern (Entry 17 of 20)

with attention to all aspects or details
  • They inspected the new house from stem to stern before moving in.

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from the ground up

phrase (5)

Synonyms & Antonyms of from the ground up (Entry 18 of 20)

with attention to all aspects or details
  • The owner was involved from the ground up even as the size of company expanded.

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from time to time

phrase (6)

Synonyms & Antonyms of from time to time (Entry 19 of 20)

walk away from

phrase (7)

Synonyms & Antonyms of walk away from (Entry 20 of 20)

to cause to remain behind
  • She decided to walk away from her job to go back to school.

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“Abstain (from).” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/from. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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