What is the opposite of compress?

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Opposite of to squeeze together
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Opposite of to express in a shorter form
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Opposite of to reduce in size by compressing
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Opposite of to force (something) into or through a restricted space
“I try to coax a thin rope through the pipe.”
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Opposite of to fill by crowding something into
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Opposite of to apply external pressure on
“The gunman bent Anthony Stone's wrist backward forcing him to release his grip on the firearm.”
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Opposite of to compress or cram items, especially to fit into a container
Distribute the items uniformly in the box so that it closes comfortably without crushing or breaking the contents inside.”
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Opposite of to move or cause to move into a position of contact with something by exerting continuous physical force
“I pull the screw out of my leg, angrily looking around for whom or what to blame.”
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(of a muscle) Opposite of to become shorter and tighter in order to effect movement of part of the body
“I like to start my workout with some light cardio to relax the muscles.”
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Opposite of to make a written summary of (an article or book)
“The journalist would press him again to detail the contents of the agreement.”
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Opposite of to crush into fine particles
“The documentary takes us behind the scenes in the paleontologist's workshop, where they reconstruct ancient dinosaurs as they might have been from tiny fragments.”
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Opposite of to make compact or resistant to pressure
“The beef has been sufficiently stewed to soften its collagen, making it delectably chewable.”
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