fasting

Fasting is going for a certain length of time without eating anything. Sometimes fasting is required before you have surgery, like getting your wisdom teeth removed.

Often fasting is done for medical or health reasons, or in an attempt to lose weight. For many other people, fasting is an important part of their religious observance. Fasting is done by Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and Jews, among other groups. Fasting comes from fast, which in turn has an Old English root, fæsten, "voluntary abstinence from food or drink, especially as a religious duty."

Definitions of fasting
  1. noun
    abstaining from food
    synonyms: fast
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    types:
    diet, dieting
    the act of restricting your food intake (or your intake of particular foods)
    hunger strike
    a voluntary fast undertaken as a means of protest
    Ramadan
    (Islam) a fast (held from sunrise to sunset) that is carried out during the Islamic month of Ramadan
    type of:
    abstinence
    act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
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