What is the opposite of advances?

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Opposite of to be or to provide an advantage to
“Being a couch potato harms your health.”
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Opposite of to furnish with, or cause to be present
“As part of the contract, the landlord withholds the furniture for the new apartment until the deposit is paid.”
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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 in development
“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.”
Noun
Opposite of an approach or proposal made to someone with the aim of opening negotiations or establishing a relationship
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Opposite of the process of becoming different
Stagnation in our product is acceptable for now as it is still dominant in the market.”
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Opposite of behaviour designed to persuade someone to marry or develop a romantic relationship with one
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(retreats) Opposite of plural for a forward movement
“He continued to protect the retreat of his army despite the constant harassment by the advancing enemies.”
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(halts) Opposite of plural for a forward movement
“There was a halt in our journey due to a tree that had collapsed on the road.”
Noun
Opposite of plural for 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 plural for 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.”
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