What is the opposite of advance?

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Opposite of to move forward
“We would briefly stop at the lake for a break during our hike.”
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Opposite of to come or go near, or nearer to, in place or time
“The enemy was there before them, but would quickly retreat at the sight of shields and pikes.”
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Opposite of to strengthen in position
“His jealous colleagues worked hard and strategically to impede his progression within the firm.”
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Opposite of to provide assistance, typically financially
“The billionaire would withhold his financial backing from any causes that were not in line with his vision for the future.”
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Opposite of to make progress
“The company's product would continue to regress over the years, thus allowing competitors to encroach into their market share.”
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(of a process) Opposite of to speed up
“Decreasing the amount of heat will slow down the cooking process.”
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(of a theory or suggestion) Opposite of to put forward
“Many were hoping that Alex would retract his controversial theory that chemicals in the water were negatively impacting the natural instincts of frogs.”
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(of a theory or suggestion) Opposite of to put forward
“He chose to hide his knowledge of what had transpired for fear of repercussions.”
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Opposite of to lend money to someone
“She was going through a difficult time and asked if she could borrow some money from me.”
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Opposite of to re-schedule at an earlier time or date
“Would it be possible to postpone the time of our meeting by an hour?”
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(of a price or rate) Opposite of to raise or increase
“The bank would decrease interest rates by half a percent.”
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Opposite of to put forward for consideration
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Opposite of to move or proceed further along a course
“You must remain in this location until you have been given directions to next safehouse.”
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(someone) Opposite of to raise to a more important position or rank
“It is hard to comprehend why they would demote you given the consistently fine work you produce.”
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Opposite of to promote the use, sale, or acceptance of
“The supermarket has decided to pull some of its products from the shelves.”
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Opposite of to confront through the use of military force
“The elves flanked their dwarven brethren to help defend the castle against the onslaught from the orcs.”
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Opposite of to make progress or increase the skill of
“His ability to perform will diminish when age catches up with him.”
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Opposite of hold and state as one's opinion
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Opposite of to allow to be used by someone temporarily, on condition that it or its equivalent will be returned
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Opposite of to offer a recommendation
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Opposite of to continue on one's path or journey
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Opposite of to continue to advance
Noun
(retreat) Opposite of a forward movement
“He continued to protect the retreat of his army despite the constant harassment by the advancing enemies.”
Noun
(halt) Opposite of a forward movement
“There was a halt in our journey due to a tree that had collapsed on the road.”
Noun
Opposite of a development or improvement
“The retrogression in the company's technology due to a lack of funding for research and development was noticeable.”
Noun
Opposite of an increase in amount or price
“It was now apparent that only a decrease in the nation's carbon tax would appease the enraged citizens.”
Noun
(of businesses or enterprises) Opposite of an increase in market share and reach
“The decline of the company was rapid after several competitors began to encroach on its market share.”
Noun
Opposite of a special effort exerted towards a particular goal
“Due to the controversy, there was genuine hesitation by the team to release the film to the public.”
Noun
Opposite of something that promotes action or activity, especially in an official capacity
Adjective
Opposite of performed or supplied before a given or expected date
“Your indication of when the repairman would arrive was late and of no use.”
Adjective
Opposite of performed or supplied at an initial stage
“The president sent a trailing party of delegates to the summit after his arrival.”
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