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3 definitions found
 for fasting
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fast \Fast\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fasted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Fasting.] [AS. f[ae]stan; akin to D. vasten, OHG.
     fast[=e]n, G. fasten, Icel. & Sw. fasta, Dan. faste, Goth.
     fastan to keep, observe, fast, and prob. to E. fast firm.]
     1. To abstain from food; to omit to take nourishment in whole
        or in part; to go hungry.
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              Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
                                                    --Milton.
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     2. To practice abstinence as a religious exercise or duty; to
        abstain from food voluntarily for a time, for the
        mortification of the body or appetites, or as a token of
        grief, or humiliation and penitence.
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              Thou didst fast and weep for the child. --2 Sam.
                                                    xii. 21.
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     Fasting day, a fast day; a day of fasting.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fasting
      n 1: abstaining from food [syn: fast, fasting]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  59 Moby Thesaurus words for "fasting":
     Albigensianism, Catharism, Day of Atonement, Franciscanism, Lenten,
     Sabbatarianism, Trappism, Waldensianism, Yoga, Yom Kippur,
     abstinence, anchoritic monasticism, anchoritism, asceticism,
     austerity, cold purgatorial fires, dog-hungry, empty, eremitism,
     famished, famishing, flagellation, hair shirt, half-famished,
     half-starved, hungering, hungry, lustration, maceration,
     mendicantism, monachism, monasticism, mortification, peckish,
     penance, penitence, penitential act, penitential exercise,
     pinched with hunger, purgation, purgatory, puritanism,
     quadragesimal, ravening, ravenous, repentance, rigor,
     sackcloth and ashes, self-denial, self-mortification, sharp-set,
     starved, starving, uneating, unfed, unfilled, voluntary poverty,
     voracious, wolfish
  
  

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