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 wield or make use of
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Opposite of to enact or establish legally or legislatively
“Some members of the Senate would reject any proposition to break away from the Union.”
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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 assign officially to a job or position
“The Council also has the power to oversee the Leader's work and to dismiss him if he fails to perform his duties properly.”
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Opposite of to make a false show or pretense of
“Rules concerning relationships contain a requirement to express positive emotions, but also to be honest, which implies the expectation to show true emotions.”
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Opposite of to act in accordance to the terms of
“They had every state-of-the-art surveillance gadget focused on him, and they had expected that he would breach the terms of his contract with an indiscrete moment on the computer.”
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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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Opposite of to inaugurate into an office or an organization, especially ceremonially
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Opposite of to adopt (an idea or creation) 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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(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 select (someone or something) from a range of possibilities
“Vegetables are something I disprefer over having a nice juicy steak.”
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Opposite of to decide on an option (from a range of options)
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Opposite of to begin or start an activity or habit
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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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Opposite of to utilize or employ a tangible object
“He would often misuse a fork for drinking soup.”
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