What is the opposite of attacking?

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Verb
Opposite of present participle for to take violent or aggressive action against
“He executed an upper block to defend a hit and counter-attacked with a reverse punch.”
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Opposite of present participle for 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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(praising) Opposite of present participle for to criticize or oppose fiercely and publicly
“Many would praise him for his benevolent deeds.”
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(defending) Opposite of present participle for to criticize or oppose fiercely and publicly
“While Robin's actions were seen as criminal in the eyes of the rich, the poor would defend his deeds and regard them as an act of God.”
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Opposite of present participle for to apply oneself to, or start work on, a given task or issue
“We must resist the urge to jump straight into a project without first understanding the value and benefits it will bring to the business.”
Verb
(usually of a disease or condition) Opposite of present participle for to affect adversely
“Eating a healthy and balanced meal will help to protect against all forms of malnutrition.”
Adjective
Opposite of aggressive or offensive in nature
Adjective
Opposite of not flattering
Adjective
Opposite of characterized by aggression in governmental foreign relations
“The new security advisor was more inclined to push for peaceful foreign policies.”
Adjective
Opposite of hostile and belligerent
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