What is the opposite of acquire?

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Opposite of to come into possession of, or to receive in return for effort
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Opposite of to obtain or attain successfully
“We cannot abandon our quest for the Holy Grail now!”
Opposite of to receive as return for effort
“An inability or disinclination to network with others will likely hamper your career.”
Opposite of to attain or achieve
“If I surrender my search for love now, I don't think I'll feel a shred of regret.”
Opposite of to acquire or secure as a result of a contest, conflict, bet, or other endeavor
“He will lose the lead if he expends too much energy trying to maintain it.”
Opposite of to receive a particular treatment
“If you avoid making mistakes, you will never learn from them.”
Opposite of to get into one's possession
“The street vendor would give me my hot dog once he had finished preparing it.”
Opposite of to catch or develop (a disease or infectious agent)
Opposite of to agree to receive or take receipt of
“He warned the committee that if he were to win, he would refuse his award on philosophical grounds.”
Opposite of to adopt (an idea) as one's own
“They do not adopt an overtly political stance or contradict the precept that physical attractiveness equals romantic appeal.”
Opposite of to come upon after searching, study, or effort
“She tried to hide all evidence of her crime.”
Opposite of to collect or gather together, especially funds for a given purpose
Distribute these donuts evenly and sparingly to your friends.”
Opposite of to acquire more of something
“If we reduce clutter in the house, it will feel more comfortable.”
Opposite of to accept or receive, typically something awarded
“She had worked hard and tried her best, but would ultimately fail at winning a medal during the tournament.”
(of an illness) Opposite of to catch or contract
“I should recover from my cold within a week or so.”
Opposite of to give a representation or account of in words
Opposite of to provide with a paying job
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