What is the opposite of adopt?

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Opposite of to legally care for another's child
“He could not abandon his dog, and he roamed once more down into the misty valley, whistling softly and with great caution a repetition of two notes.”
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Opposite of to choose to take up, follow, or use
“The two nations declared in the Atlantic Charter that they believed that all nations of the world must come to abandon the use of force to attain their goals.”
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Opposite of to choose or select from a set of options
“We would then narrow down and screen the standout candidates and dismiss the unsuitable ones.”
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Opposite of to endorse or approve of a decision or choice
“Parliament is not going to choose the buyers in the privatization deals but just approve or disapprove the decision by the executive power.”
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Opposite of to choose or select
“I firmly believe in taking the custom route, deselect any options that you don't think you need and only select those that you do.”
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Opposite of to accept, support, or take on as one's own (an idea or a cause)
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Opposite of to make use of
“We would forgo the use of drones during our filming so as not to scare the animals.”
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Opposite of to take for one's own benefit, typically without permission
“This document has been designed to bestow some dignity to those who toil thanklessly in the vineyards of art.”
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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.”
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Opposite of pretend
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Opposite of to assimilate into a body, structure or system
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Opposite of begin or start again
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Opposite of to decide
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Opposite of to take on a position, role or duty
“He told reporters he'd had to unwillingly relinquish the role that brought him worldwide fame.”
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(of a proposal) Opposite of to agree or consent to
“Harvey would challenge Rose's suggestion that they should just be friends, and paid the price for it.”
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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.”
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Opposite of to inaugurate into an office or an organization, especially ceremonially
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Opposite of to act in accordance to the terms of
“We will continue to pursue those who flout licensing regulations in supplying drink to minors and those already drunk.”
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Opposite of to act according to specified rules
“If you break the company's code of conduct, you will then be at risk of having your employment terminated.”
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(typically military) Opposite of to assign (someone) to a specific task
“Individuals who are released following their last hearing must undergo the administrative procedures that formally dismiss the soldier from the military.”
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Opposite of to utilize or employ a tangible object
“He would often misuse a fork for drinking soup.”
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