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What is the opposite of advancing?

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Verb
Opposite of making progress
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to move forward
“We would briefly stop at the lake for a break during our hike.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for 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.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to strengthen in position
“His jealous colleagues worked hard and strategically to impede his progression within the firm.”
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Opposite of present participle for 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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(of a process) Opposite of present participle for to speed up
“Decreasing the amount of heat will slow down the cooking process.”
Verb
(of a theory or suggestion) Opposite of present participle for 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.”
Verb
(of a theory or suggestion) Opposite of present participle for to put forward
“He chose to hide his knowledge of what had transpired for fear of repercussions.”
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Opposite of present participle for 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 present participle for to re-schedule at an earlier time or date
“Would it be possible to postpone the time of our meeting by an hour?”
Verb
(of a price or rate) Opposite of present participle for to raise or increase
“The bank would decrease interest rates by half a percent.”
Adjective
Opposite of coming nearer in space or time
Adjective
Opposite of formed by the accumulation of successive additions
Adjective
Opposite of having a period of great prosperity or rapid economic growth
Adjective
Opposite of just coming into existence
Adjective
Opposite of ongoing, or in progress
“Before his job is finished, he will create a list of suggestions that could reduce the energy consumption of her home by 50 per cent.”
Adjective
Opposite of in motion
“When ready to pounce the wasp moves swiftly when its prey is usually in a stationary position.”
Adjective
Opposite of in the process of developing
“Donne's earliest poems showed a developed knowledge of English society coupled with sharp criticism of its problems.”
Adjective
Opposite of happening or developing gradually or in stages
“The other boat suddenly came to an abrupt halt, amid much cursing and shouting from its wetsuited skipper and his drysuited mate.”
Adjective
Opposite of onward so as to move ahead or to make progress
“The moment the engine is sped up, backward movement is checked and the car gathers momentum up the hill.”
Adjective
Opposite of currently taking place
“The countdown was stopped when a problem was detected in the computer dialogue between the control center and the launcher.”
Noun
Opposite of the process by which something unfolds or becomes revealed
Noun
Opposite of the progressive aspect of a learned skill
“The diminishment in his performance can only be attributed to his inability to cope with the loss of his coach.”
Noun
Opposite of something that promotes action or activity, especially in an official capacity
Noun
Opposite of the way in which something progresses or develops
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