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Opposite of to exert or put to use
“A promise of confidentiality is a duty to maintain the secrecy of the information and not misuse or wrongfully disclose it.”
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Opposite of to be applicable or relevant
“Those who concoct these systems exempt themselves from condemnation.”
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Opposite of to put a layer of (something) on a surface
“He pointed to a spot on the weapon's surface which had been worn down a bit, as if someone had tried to scrape something off the surface.”
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Opposite of to make a formal application or request
“If you are sure you have lost your wallet, you will have to cancel all your current credit cards.”
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(a decision, plan, or agreement) Opposite of to execute or carry out
“After falling on deaf ears, the masses decided to take matters into their hands to prevent the deforestation of the local national park.”
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Opposite of to wield or make use of
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Opposite of to apply, use or bring to bear (a force, influence, or quality)
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Opposite of to make use of
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Opposite of to implore or make a request for
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Opposite of to concentrate one's attention or effort
“The simple progression of numbers helped her focus more quickly so nothing would distract her mind from the efficiency of the movement.”
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Opposite of to put (all of something) towards
“Brian finds out there are two separate pop tart instructions, in case he finds one too difficult, abandon all efforts on one, and get onto something a bit easier.”
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Opposite of to carry out a task, especially one that requires a degree of ability or skill
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Opposite of to rub a (typically oily or sticky) substance over
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Opposite of to inflict or impose, especially a charge or penalty
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Opposite of to act on, or put into action, a request
“Your demands are unreasonable and I will do everything I can to repeal them.”
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Opposite of to be applicable or relevant to
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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 attribute or ascribe a property, quality or value to someone or something
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Opposite of to regard something as being caused by
“Pattern evidence was used by forensic scientists to dissociate the involvement of the suspect from the crime.”
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Opposite of to call on in support of an earnest request
“After being told that she could refuse their request to search her bags, Morgan consented.”
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Opposite of to put into effect
“Even though diet constitutes 70% of what we consider good fitness and health, it is crucial not to disregard physical exercise.”
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(somewhat rare) Opposite of to occupy (oneself) diligently
“If you continue to procrastinate and twiddle your thumbs, you will never get anything done.”
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Opposite of to change one substance into another
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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 bend and give way under pressure or strain
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Opposite of to apply a substance, coat or layer with a brush
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Opposite of to influence, have an effect on
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Opposite of to be adequate for a given purpose
“This particular tool will fail for what we are trying to repair.”
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Opposite of come into force
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Opposite of to politely or formally ask for
“Please reply to our messages as soon as possible.”
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Opposite of to inflict a physical blow on someone
“As Grant goes on the offensive again and lands a couple of lefts, Jones looks surprised and begins to miss easy jabs.”
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(of an abstract quality) Opposite of to assign to someone or something
“Stephanie would misplace her trust in her shady lawyer who then went on to lose her lawsuit against Donny.”
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Opposite of to ask for something, especially earnestly or forcefully
“I would strongly discourage you from using your general counsel to negotiate a New York City office lease.”
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