What is the opposite of avoid?

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Opposite of to keep away from something
“I decided to confront my mother-in-law in an effort to overcome my pentheraphobia.”
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Opposite of to get out of a situation, usually underhandedly
“It is about time that the country's leaders accept responsibility for the nation's problems.”
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Opposite of to get out of the way of
“The puppy dog would run into me while chasing down a ball at full speed.”
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Opposite of to consciously evade an encounter with someone
“I try to seek out Alexia whenever I need some insightful ideas on how to live my life.”
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Opposite of to keep or withhold oneself from something
“While I was on holiday, I would indulge in plenty of delicious desserts.”
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Opposite of to take preventative measures
“If you do not warm up before exercising strenuously, you can almost guarantee injury.”
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(rare) Opposite of to put an end to formally or by law
“He tried to get out of his contract, but his employer was determined to enforce it.”
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Opposite of to avoid, lessen, or guard against
“Bad financial investments will cause extreme grief in the long run.”
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Opposite of stop oneself from doing something
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Opposite of to evade or escape from someone or something, especially by using cunning or skill
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Opposite of to avoid dealing with or discussing (something problematic or disagreeable)
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Opposite of to give up or abstain from something
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Opposite of to succeed in avoiding or eluding someone or something dangerous or unpleasant
“People with diabetes are two times more likely to suffer a heart attack than those without it.”
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Opposite of to shun or shy away from
“General pushing strength is useful to all athletes who participate in contact sports such as boxing, football, rugby and wrestling.”
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Opposite of to escape or avoid narrowly
“We will get stuck amongst the dense crowd of people when it starts to get busy.”
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Opposite of run away from a place or situation of danger
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Opposite of to ban or refrain from using
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Opposite of to deliberately or persistently avoid through antipathy or caution
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Opposite of deliberately avoiding providing a clear answer or statement
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Opposite of to refuse or say no to
“I accept your apology for breaking the vase.”
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Opposite of to prevent oneself from
“I indulge myself once a month by eating ice-cream.”
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Opposite of to refrain from in spite of temptation
“Moderation is a useful practice for anyone who has bad habits or the tendency to enjoy too much of a good thing.”
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Opposite of delay
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Opposite of to quit or cease completely, or to promise to quit, as a bad habit
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Opposite of to show an unwillingness to accept or engage with someone or something
“Don't change yourself because I accept you the way you are.”
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Opposite of to cause (someone) to be unable to pursue one any longer
“Justin Bieber jumped into his limousine but the engine failed and he now had to face his horde of screaming fans.”
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Opposite of to avoid addressing or tackling
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Opposite of to stop doing something
“One look around me confirmed for me that I wanted to continue along this career path.”
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Opposite of stay away from
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Opposite of to be liberated or freed from (something)
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Opposite of to fail to care for or pay attention to
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Opposite of to cease to perform a specified action
“After fully recovering from tendonitis, I could continue running as I did before.”
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Opposite of to fail to hit something aimed at
“He managed to hit all the targets and get a perfect score.”
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Opposite of to detach or move away (from) someone or something
“As you center your attention on me, I come to you.”
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