What is the opposite of approach?

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Opposite of to come or go near, or nearer to, in place or time
“His pet dog would leave whenever he pointed to the door.”
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Opposite of to draw near a specified destination
“The Vikings would retreat after being confronted with an unexpectedly fierce army of angry villagers.”
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Opposite of to come close in quantity or quality
“The world's population will be a far cry from several hundred billion within a few decades.”
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Opposite of to make contact with
“You should avoid the police department if you have been the perpetrator of a crime.”
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Opposite of to make a request or suggestion
“Jayden would respond to our request that he join our chess club.”
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Opposite of to make an attempt at handling a problem or policy
“We should just ignore this problem and let things resolve themselves naturally.”
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Opposite of to begin an undertaking
“We will have a meeting later today to discuss how we can best finish this new project.”
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Opposite of to go somewhere, typically with some degree of difficulty
“I don't feel like going anywhere. Let's just stay here.”
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Opposite of to approach and speak to boldly or aggressively
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Opposite of to be, or seem to be, equal or comparable to
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Opposite of to approach or come near to (physically or numerically)
“He walked up and broke into the conversation to let me know that his name was Alex and I would have to leave the premises immediately.”
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Opposite of to come face to face with someone or something with hostile or argumentative intent
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Opposite of move directly towards someone or something in a purposeful or intimidating manner
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Opposite of to energetically devote, or begin devoting, effort to something
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Opposite of to represent or deal with in a particular way, in writing or speaking
“I want to briefly discuss two TV examples, just because these two shows, in particular, mishandle the subject in a certain way.”
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Opposite of to succeed in reaching or equaling (a standard or quality)
“In business, architects often miss the mark by not asking the users what they want.”
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Opposite of to be comparable to in quality or excellence
“He trains hard, wanting to lead the rest of the competition.”
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(dated, slang) Opposite of to obtain money from, usually by borrowing (from a friend)
“My sister always gets herself into debt, and I have to loan her money to get her out of trouble.”
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Opposite of to put forward for discussion or consideration
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(conform to) Opposite of to be like or in accordance with
“How does this racket sport differ from any other racket sport apart from the shuttlecock?”
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Opposite of to have a specified relationship with another thing or person in terms of nature or quality
“Many factors differ substantially between laboratory and field settings.”
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(turn to) Opposite of to use or resort to someone or something
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(of a job or task) Opposite of to agree to take responsibility of
“Due to personal reasons, I will have to relinquish any responsibility I have in this project moving forward.”
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Opposite of to move fast enough to reach or pass someone or something ahead
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Opposite of to be on the verge of transpiring, occurring or happening
Noun
Opposite of an initial proposal or request
“The last thing I need is a rejection from every venture capitalist when I need some investment in my company.”
Noun
Opposite of the act of drawing near
“Jaime Lannister watched in relief at the departure of Daenerys Targaryen's fire-breathing dragons.”
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Opposite of an approximation to something
“His inane ramblings bore little dissimilarity to incoherence.”
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Opposite of a point of view from which something is seen, presented or approached
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Opposite of a course of action or a policy
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Opposite of a particular procedure for accomplishing or approaching something, especially a systematic or established one
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Opposite of a method in which to do something
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Opposite of an opening, such as a door, passage, or gate, that allows access to a place
“If worse came to worse, they could shut off the entrance and exit to the maze and let the creatures trapped within wander the maze as they rested.”
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Opposite of a strategy worked out in advance to achieve a goal
“I had to rely on improvisation as I was given very little to work with during my presentation.”
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Opposite of a method or set of methods for doing or organizing something
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Opposite of an established or official way of doing something
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Opposite of the arrival of a notable person or thing
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Opposite of an attitude or point of view
“He was dumbfounded as to how to tackle the problem and his cluelessness on the issue was evident.”
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Opposite of a firmly held opinion
“In the wake of the violent protest against authority in the West in the 1960s and subsequent years, many espouse a position of indifference.”
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Opposite of an attitude or opinion, especially a habitual one
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Opposite of the process or act of managing, running or governing (something)
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Opposite of a route designed to get to a particular destination
“Construction workers had blocked off our street, so we had to take a detour.”
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Opposite of an artistic or literary method or style established by an artist, writer, or movement, and subsequently followed by others
“The enigmatic artist tossed a curveball with his next album, which was a departure from hard rock to a more soulful horn-dominated sound.”
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Opposite of a strategy or a well thought out consideration
“That last mistake has certainly cost us dearly.”
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Opposite of something which is likely to lead to a particular outcome
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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 an expression of readiness to do or give something if desired
“The withdrawal of legal aid funding for the litigation was readily justifiable on scientific grounds.”
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Opposite of the customary or correct method or procedure
“With legal impropriety, the judge bullied the jury into a finding of guilty.”
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Opposite of a person's point of view or attitude towards something
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Opposite of entire perspective
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Opposite of a conception of, or a belief, about something
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