What is the opposite of capture?

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(of a person) Opposite of to catch or apprehend
“On the following day, his mood had improved and he agreed to release the prisoners.”
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Opposite of to be put in a state of confinement or imprisonment
“Often in such situations, the participants in riots demonstrate group solidarity and try to liberate the prisoners.”
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Opposite of to take possession of something, especially forcibly
“Though he can't defeat it, if he can release his hold on the staff, a victory will be won, small though it may be.”
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(of an object) Opposite of to come into possession of, especially through effort
“Students who miss classes will forfeit their right to a grant.”
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(of land) Opposite of to occupy or take control of, especially through force
“The Resistance, responding to the Allied landings in Normandy, managed to liberate the town of Tulle in central France.”
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Opposite of to epitomize or report something, especially by expressing it as a brief summary
“With respect to its quality, the memorialists contradict the report of the committee of the senate.”
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Opposite of to engross or hold the attention of
“Probably the most common problem in screenplays is the use of clichéd scenes or characters, which seem so familiar and unoriginal that they bore the audience.”
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Opposite of to capture, especially with a trap or a net
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Opposite of to earn through work or effort
“An inability or disinclination to network with others will likely hamper your career.”
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Opposite of to loot, plunder or invade by force
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Opposite of to attract (someone) to come to a place or an event
“The words you use and the images you portray can easily alienate your target audience if you have not considered their culture and ethnicity.”
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Opposite of to attract and engage the attention or interest of
“I started to bark like a dog to repel him and his obnoxious friends.”
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Opposite of to represent by a drawing, painting, or other art forms
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Opposite of to put in a concise form
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Opposite of 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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Opposite of to receive as a return for effort
“Apparently, his penitentiary has bestowed him the honor of model prisoner.”
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Opposite of to succeed in evoking or representing
“The book does so much to misrepresent the extent of hardship suffered by the common people during that period.”
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Opposite of to settle (a group of people, a species, or the like) in a place as a colony
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Opposite of to persuade (others) to support one's policy
“Exasperated at even an attempt to dissuade them from an act which only the genius of evil could have suggested, they murdered the unfortunate Syndic.”
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Opposite of to grab, seize or take something suddenly or forcibly
“Filled with a guilty conscience, Bernie would later return the elderly couple's jewelry.”
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(of troops) Opposite of to suddenly attack and capture (a building or other place) by means of force
“After a futile attempt to raid the fortification, Signorello's men were forced to retreat.”
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Opposite of to obtain a monopoly of
“The Lenape at first thought these documents would only confirm a willingness to share the land with their newly arrived neighbors.”
Noun
Opposite of the action of capturing or of being captured
“His release was delayed a half-hour at Lima while superintendent Vorbau was telephoned regarding the court's decision.”
Noun
(usually of a person) Opposite of one who is imprisoned or otherwise confined
“Andy is acting as the warden's bookkeeper, while he is secretly plotting his escape from Shawshank.”
Noun
Opposite of an instance of invading a country or region in a hostile manner
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Opposite of the act of taking away (someone) by force
Noun
Opposite of the work of a detective in investigating a crime
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Opposite of one who is imprisoned or otherwise confined
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Opposite of collection, collation
Noun
Opposite of the action of recording an item in a diary, list, etc
“While data deletion may seem like a final step in the data lifecycle, it is one that carries with it significant importance from a security standpoint.”
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